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  1. elaborately or sumptuously adorned, often excessively or showily so: They bought an ornate Louis XIV sofa.
  2. embellished with rhetoric; florid or high-flown: an ornate style of writing.
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Origin of ornate

1375–1425; late Middle English < Latin ornātus well-equipped, adorned, orig. past participle of ornāre to equip; see -ate1
Related formsor·nate·ly, adverbor·nate·ness, nounun·or·nate, adjectiveun·or·nate·ly, adverbun·or·nate·ness, noun


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  1. heavily or elaborately decorated
  2. (of style in writing) overembellished; flowery
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Derived Formsornately, adverbornateness, noun

Word Origin

C15: from Latin ornāre to decorate
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Word Origin and History for ornate


early 15c., from Latin ornatus "fitted out, furnished, supplied; adorned, decorated, embellished," past participle of ornare "adorn, fit out," from stem of ordo "order" (see order (n.)). Earliest reference is to literary style. Related: Ornately; ornateness.

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