- something ornamental; decoration; adornment.
- a plant cultivated for decorative purposes.
Origin of ornamental
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Related Wordsshowy, exquisite, ornate, fancy, accessory, attractive, beautiful, delicate, dressy, elaborate, florid, luxurious, beautifying, festooned
Examples from the Web for ornamental
Football is a world where the basic role of the female is ornamental, at best.Hey NFL Fans: Ray Rice Isn’t the Problem. You Are.
July 24, 2014
Japanese knotweed, for all its invasive attributes, was an ornamental plant for the Victorians.The Best of Brit Lit
December 17, 2010
When the window was new it must have been surmounted in the middle of the arch by an ornamental design.The Dream
To count by miles is a useless and ornamental elegance of civilization.The Forest
Stewart Edward White
At first his father had made an ornamental draughtsman of him for personal use.His Masterpiece
In the case of an ornamental boat the rudder can be fixed as shown in Fig. 115.Boys' Book of Model Boats
Raymond Francis Yates
An ornamental tree with dense foliage; often cultivated from Europe.Trees of the Northern United States
Austin C. Apgar
- of value as an ornament; decorative
- (of a plant) used to decorate houses, gardens, etc
- a plant cultivated for show or decoration
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Word Origin and History for ornamental
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