verb (used with object)
Origin of ornament
Synonyms for ornament
Related Words for ornamentflower, art, treasure, jewel, trinket, accessory, adornment, embroidery, knickknack, bauble, bedeck, embellish, festoon, beautify, embroider, adorn, embellishment, pride, gewgaw, doodad
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Contemporary Examples of ornament
McConnell soon followed, beaming like an ornament atop a Christmas tree.Mitch’s Brotastic Victory Bash
November 5, 2014
It is your ornament, your grace, your seduction, your chant for courting.‘Mirages’: Anaïs Nin’s Intimate, Unexpurgated Diaries
October 26, 2013
Historical Examples of ornament
But this man must be secure that humility would be an ornament to him.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
And I was within an ace of becoming an ornament of the British peerage.The Bacillus of Beauty
Silence is the ornament of your sex; and in silence, if there be not wisdom, there is safety.Tales And Novels, Volume 4 (of 10)
Cover the pie with a crust, notch and ornament it, and bake it well.
Notch and ornament it handsomely with leaves and flowers of paste.
verb (ˈɔːnəˌmɛnt) (tr)
Word Origin for ornament
early 13c., "an accessory," from Old French ornement "ornament, decoration," and directly from Latin ornamentum "apparatus, equipment, trappings; embellishment, decoration, trinket," from ornare "equip, adorn" (see ornate). Meaning "decoration, embellishment" in English is attested from late 14c. (also a secondary sense in classical Latin). Figurative use from 1550s.
1720, from ornament (n.). Middle English used ournen (late 14c.) in this sense, from Old French orner, from Latin ornare. Related: Ornamented; ornamenting.