[ awr-neyt ]
/ ɔrˈneɪt /


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.

Nearby words

  1. ornamental,
  2. ornamentalism,
  3. ornamentally,
  4. ornamentation,
  5. ornamented,
  6. ornately,
  7. orne,
  8. ornery,
  9. ornis,
  10. ornith-

Origin of ornate

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

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British Dictionary definitions for ornately


/ (ɔːˈneɪt) /


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

Word Origin for ornate

C15: from Latin ornāre to decorate

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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.

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