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
It was an 1850 Census record, with ornate handwritten script.How one very old Census record spurred a reckoning at Johns Hopkins University | Susan Svrluga | December 25, 2020 | Washington Post
After the result came back positive, Macron immediately began a seven-day quarantine period inside the ornate presidential residence, along with his wife, Brigitte Macron.France’s Macron tests positive, and now Europe is scrambling to put the lid on a potential COVID cluster | Vivienne Walt | December 17, 2020 | Fortune
It’s that Humbert-like voice — the flair for fresh imagery, ornate vocabulary and sly humor —that lures readers into this vile debut novel.Sure, you may be grossed out, but ‘A Certain Hunger’ is a naughty pleasure | Maureen Corrigan | December 11, 2020 | Washington Post
Macy’s ornate floats have also undergone similar changes over the years.The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade has one star that always rises to the top | Erik Olsen | November 25, 2020 | Popular-Science
Stout pillars supporting a gilded ceiling reminiscent of ornate church domes in Venice and Rome.
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 | Michael Luongo | August 21, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The law of the land comes from the emerald bosses who can be seen sometimes with ornately decorative pistols stuck in their belts.
Everything ornately upholstered, everything carefully finished, everything remarkably reserved.Sister Carrie | Theodore Dreiser
Four slaves brought up the rear carrying an ornately inlaid box on poles.Uller Uprising | Henry Beam Piper, John D. Clark and John F. Carr
The barge was not unlike an ancient galley in shape, but ornately curved like the proa of a South Sea Islander.A Trip to Venus | John Munro
He had reason to be suspicious of the ornately-backed pasteboards affected by the Coogan establishment.The Song of the Wolf | Frank Mayer
He made his own stethoscopes by hand and liked to spend his leisure time fashioning them carefully and even ornately.Makers of Modern Medicine | James J. Walsh
British Dictionary definitions for ornate
heavily or elaborately decorated
(of style in writing) overembellished; flowery
- ornately, adverb
- ornateness, noun
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