[uh-dawrn-muh nt]


something that adds attractiveness; ornament; accessory: the adornments and furnishings of a room.
ornamentation; embellishment: personal adornment.

Origin of adornment

1470–80; adorn + -ment; replacing late Middle English aournement < Middle French
Related formsnon·a·dorn·ment, nounpre·a·dorn·ment, nounre·a·dorn·ment, nounself-a·dorn·ment, nounsu·per·a·dorn·ment, nounun·a·dorn·ment, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for self-adornment

Historical Examples of self-adornment

  • The Crees were fond of self-adornment, and were much addicted to false hair.

    The Great Company

    Beckles Willson

  • As late as the year 400 the primitive desire for self-adornment is evident.

    Book of Etiquette, Volume 2

    Lillian Eichler Watson

  • The passion for self-adornment had already taken possession of her soul.

    Americans and Others

    Agnes Repplier

  • I do not mean that we should be of those who care for naught but self-adornment and useless waste.

    Peggy Owen Patriot

    Lucy Foster Madison

  • There being nothing more that he could do in the way of self-adornment, Happy Jack went out again into the hot afternoon.

    The Happy Family

    Bertha Muzzy Bower

Word Origin and History for self-adornment



late 14c., "act of adorning;" also "a thing which adorns;" from Old French aornement "ornament, decoration," from aorner (see adorn).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper