- 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.
Origin of ornate
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Examples from the Web for ornately
Finally, we came to the ornately carved temple portal itself, adorned with an image of a snake to its side.Fighting Back With Faith: Inside the Yezidis’ Iraqi Temple
August 21, 2014
The law of the land comes from the emerald bosses who can be seen sometimes with ornately decorative pistols stuck in their belts.Victor Carranza, Emerald Czar of Colombia, Dies
April 20, 2013
He writes too ornately, too laconically, with too great a wealth of imagery and imagination.Poor Folk
It is exactly like the other figure, with the hands over the belly, aproned and ornately tasseled on its left.
Ornately simple architecture marks the columned houses of its best street.
They would not think of calling even the most ornately self-bemedaled American sovereign elector "His Badgesty."The Shadow On The Dial, and Other Essays
There were rugs on the floor, a couch, after the Eastern fashion, and ornately carved stools.Shadows in Zamboula
Robert E. Howard
- heavily or elaborately decorated
- (of style in writing) overembellished; flowery
Word Origin and History for ornately
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.