- elaborately or sumptuously adorned, often excessively or showily so: They bought an ornate Louis XIV sofa.
- embellished with rhetoric; florid or high-flown: an ornate style of writing.
Origin of ornate
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Examples from the Web for ornateness
As we should expect, there is a fairly steady movement from simplicity to ornateness.Old Picture Books
Alfred W. Pollard
There was a striving for effect, with ornateness and extravagance, and finally the art passed out entirely.A Text-Book of the History of Painting
John C. Van Dyke
The ornateness of architecture appears in the East and West in nearly equal measure.Prowling about Panama
George A. Miller
The writing masters of that time cared far more for ornateness than for verity, or even legibility.A Captain in the Ranks
George Cary Eggleston
It was the time when ornateness of figure and poeticalness of diction were regarded as essentials of style.A History of American Literature Since 1870
Fred Lewis Pattee
- heavily or elaborately decorated
- (of style in writing) overembellished; flowery
Word Origin and History for ornateness
early 15c., from Latin ornatus "fitted out, furnished, supplied; adorned, decorated, embellished," past participle of ornare "adorn, fit out," from stem of ordo "order" (see order (n.)). Earliest reference is to literary style. Related: Ornately; ornateness.