[ noun awr-nuh-muhnt; verb awr-nuh-ment, -muhnt ]
/ noun ˈɔr nə mənt; verb ˈɔr nəˌmɛnt, -mənt /


verb (used with object)

to furnish with ornaments; embellish: to ornament a musical composition.
to be an ornament to: Several famous scientists were acquired to ornament the university.

Origin of ornament

1175–1225; < Latin ornāmentum equipment, ornament, equivalent to ornā(re) to equip + -mentum -ment; replacing Middle English ornement < Old French < Latin, as above

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noun (ˈɔːnəmənt)

verb (ˈɔːnəˌmɛnt) (tr)

to decorate with or as if with ornaments
to serve as an ornament to

Derived Forms

ornamentation, noun

Word Origin for ornament

C14: from Latin ornāmentum, from ornāre to adorn
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