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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.

Origin of ornate

1375–1425; late Middle English <Latin ornātus well-equipped, adorned, originally past participle of ornāre to equip; see -ate1

Other words for ornate

Other words from ornate

  • or·nate·ly, adverb
  • or·nate·ness, noun
  • un·or·nate, adjective
  • un·or·nate·ly, adverb
  • un·or·nate·ness, noun

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How to use ornate in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for ornate


/ (ɔːˈneɪt) /

  1. heavily or elaborately decorated

  2. (of style in writing) overembellished; flowery

Origin of ornate

C15: from Latin ornāre to decorate

Derived forms of ornate

  • ornately, adverb
  • ornateness, noun

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