[awr-nuh-men-tid, -muh n-]

adjective Typography.

(of a character) highly embellished or ornate; altered by embellishment.

Nearby words

  1. ornament,
  2. ornamental,
  3. ornamentalism,
  4. ornamentally,
  5. ornamentation,
  6. ornate,
  7. ornately,
  8. orne,
  9. ornery,
  10. ornis

Origin of ornamented

First recorded in 1730–40; ornament + -ed2

Related formsun·or·na·ment·ed, adjective


[noun awr-nuh-muhnt; verb awr-nuh-ment, -muhnt]


an accessory, article, or detail used to beautify the appearance of something to which it is added or of which it is a part: architectural ornaments.
a system, category, or style of such objects or features; ornamentation: a book on Gothic ornament.
any adornment or means of adornment.
a person or thing that adds to the credit or glory of a society, era, etc.
the act of adorning.
the state of being adorned.
mere outward display: a speech more of ornament than of ideas.
Chiefly Ecclesiastical. any accessory, adjunct, or equipment.
Music. a tone or group of tones applied as decoration to a principal melodic tone.

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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British Dictionary definitions for ornamented


noun (ˈɔːnəmənt)

anything that enhances the appearance of a person or thing
decorations collectivelyshe was totally without ornament
a small decorative object
something regarded as a source of pride or beauty
music any of several decorations, such as the trill, mordent, etc, occurring chiefly as improvised embellishments in baroque music

verb (ˈɔːnəˌmɛnt) (tr)

to decorate with or as if with ornaments
to serve as an ornament to
Derived Formsornamentation, noun

Word Origin for ornament

C14: from Latin ornāmentum, from ornāre to adorn

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Word Origin and History for ornamented
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