ornamental

[ awr-nuh-men-tl ]
/ ˌɔr nəˈmɛn tl /

adjective

used or grown for ornament: ornamental plants.
providing ornament; decorative.
of or relating to ornament.

noun

something ornamental; decoration; adornment.
a plant cultivated for decorative purposes.

Nearby words

  1. ormonde,
  2. ormuz,
  3. ormuzd,
  4. orn,
  5. ornament,
  6. ornamentalism,
  7. ornamentally,
  8. ornamentation,
  9. ornamented,
  10. ornate

Origin of ornamental

First recorded in 1640–50; ornament + -al1

Related forms
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British Dictionary definitions for non-ornamental

ornamental

/ (ˌɔːnəˈmɛntəl) /

adjective

of value as an ornament; decorative
(of a plant) used to decorate houses, gardens, etc

noun

a plant cultivated for show or decoration
Derived Formsornamentally, adverb

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Word Origin and History for non-ornamental

ornamental

adj.

1640s, partly formed in English from ornament (n.) + -al (1); partly from Latin ornamentalis, from ornamentum.

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