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[uh-dawrn-muh nt] /əˈdɔrn mənt/
something that adds attractiveness; ornament; accessory:
the adornments and furnishings of a room.
ornamentation; embellishment:
personal adornment.
Origin of adornment
late Middle English
1470-80; adorn + -ment; replacing late Middle English aournement < Middle French
Related forms
nonadornment, noun
preadornment, noun
readornment, noun
self-adornment, noun
superadornment, noun
unadornment, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for self-adornment
Historical Examples
  • The Crees were fond of self-adornment, and were much addicted to false hair.

    The Great Company

    Beckles Willson
  • As late as the year 400 the primitive desire for self-adornment is evident.

    Book of Etiquette, Volume 2 Lillian Eichler Watson
  • The passion for self-adornment had already taken possession of her soul.

    Americans and Others Agnes Repplier
  • I do not mean that we should be of those who care for naught but self-adornment and useless waste.

    Peggy Owen Patriot Lucy Foster Madison
  • There being nothing more that he could do in the way of self-adornment, Happy Jack went out again into the hot afternoon.

    The Happy Family Bertha Muzzy Bower
  • The principal business henceforth is self-adornment and housekeeping.

  • She explained gently, yet with unshaken decision, that her self-adornment was right, and gave her reasons.

    The Sun Maid

    Evelyn Raymond
  • It is scarcely profitable to follow this lesser deity into all the details of his self-adornment.

    The Wits and Beaux of Society Grace & Philip Wharton
  • Since the day of Mr. Brummell and King George, the noble art of self-adornment had fallen partially desuete.

  • The woman who has worked and schemed and skimped to achieve her attire knows the real pleasure and victory of self-adornment.

    The Graysons Edward Eggleston
Word Origin and History for self-adornment



late 14c., "act of adorning;" also "a thing which adorns;" from Old French aornement "ornament, decoration," from aorner (see adorn).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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