Synonyms Word Origin See more synonyms on Thesaurus.com 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 1375–1425; late Middle English
well-equipped, adorned, orig. past participle of
to equip; see
-ate 1 Related forms or·nate·ly, adverb or·nate·ness, noun un·or·nate, adjective un·or·nate·ly, adverb un·or·nate·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for unornate heavily or elaborately decorated (of style in writing) overembellished; flowery Derived Forms ornately, adverb ornateness, noun Word Origin
C15: from Latin
ornāre to decorate
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Word Origin and History for unornate ornate adj.
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.
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