elaborately or sumptuously adorned, often excessively or showily so: They bought an ornate Louis XIV sofa.
embellished with rhetoric; florid or high-flown: an ornate style of writing.
- 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
He was so into measuring heat that in 1657 he started a private academy, the Accademia del Cimento, where investigators explored various forms and shapes for their thermoscopes, including ornate-looking designs with spiraling cylindrical columns.Melting Butter, Poisonous Mushrooms and the Strange History of the Invention of the Thermometer | Phil Jaekl | June 1, 2021 | Time
At an ornate altar in her dining room, she made offerings of flowers and apples and lit candles to Santa Muerte.A Crisis of Undiagnosed Cancers Is Emerging in the Pandemic’s Second Year | by Duaa Eldeib, video by Alex Garcia | May 4, 2021 | ProPublica
The town of Mendocino, with its ocean fogs and ornate Victorian architecture, is an eerie presence in this novel, its otherworldliness intensified by Anna’s desperate recourse to a psychic for help in finding Cameron.In her novel ‘When the Stars Go Dark,’ Paula McLain draws on abuse cases, including her own | Maureen Corrigan | April 23, 2021 | Washington Post
When the legislature convenes for a possible special session later this year related to coronavirus relief, Filler-Corn is hoping that vaccinations will allow all 100 delegates to return to the ornate House chamber.Virginia House speaker says in-person lawmaking might return soon, defends Democratic control | Gregory S. Schneider | April 23, 2021 | Washington Post
The ornate pipe in question, with its long plunging stem and generous bowl, once belonged to the grandfather of Curdin, the protagonist of “Mundaun.”‘Mundaun’ offers the rare chance to smoke a pipe while talking to the severed head of a goat | Christopher Byrd | March 26, 2021 | Washington Post
The tomb, though much smaller than the palace, is similarly a vision of ornate twists, arches, and peaks.
Foreign countries bestow ornate gifts on American officials as a sign of courtesy during diplomatic trips.Meditation Rugs, Swords, and Horse Head Fiddles: The Strangest Gifts Given to Government Bigwigs | Ben Jacobs | November 11, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Entering the theater brings visitors to an ornate lobby with vaulted ceilings, golden walls, and an enormous chandelier.How to Save Silent Movies: Inside New Jersey’s Cinema Paradiso | Rich Goldstein | October 2, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
In 1997, Whit Stillman re-created Studio 54 in its ornate lobby for his film The Last Days of Disco.How to Save Silent Movies: Inside New Jersey’s Cinema Paradiso | Rich Goldstein | October 2, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Their services have been held in small chapels, ornate synagogues, simple firehouses, and grand cathedrals.
The furnishings and decorations, as in the case of modern playhouses, seem to have been ornate.Shakespearean Playhouses | Joseph Quincy Adams
The more it has been made the subject of illustration and imagery, the more finished and ornate have been the comminations in use.A Cursory History of Swearing | Julian Sharman
The third floor front room of his ornate mansion on Brooklyn's Park Slope was dedicated to peaceful thought.Average Jones | Samuel Hopkins Adams
Her face, under an ornate black hat, was like a great rose full of overlapping curves of florid flesh.The Butterfly House | Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
Yes, it is very handsome, no doubt, but too ornate and pie-crusty for my—taste.Mary Louise and Josie O'Gorman | Emma Speed Sampson
British Dictionary definitions for ornate
heavily or elaborately decorated
(of style in writing) overembellished; flowery
- ornately, adverb
- ornateness, noun
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