Definition of ornament noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈɔːnəmənt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɔːrnəmənt//
    Interior décor
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  1. 1[countable] (especially British English) an object that is used as decoration in a room, garden/yard, etc. rather than for a particular purpose a china/glass ornament (British English, North American English) Christmas tree ornaments There were a few china ornaments on the shelf above the fireplace. See related entries: Interior décor
  2. 2[countable] (formal) an object that is worn as jewellery Archaeologists have uncovered necklaces, pendants and other personal ornaments from the third century.
  3. 3[uncountable] (formal) the use of objects, designs, etc. as decoration The clock is simply for ornament; it doesn't work any more.
  4. 4ornament to something (North American English) a person or thing whose good qualities improve something The building is an ornament to the city.
  5. 5ornaments [plural] (music) features that are added when playing individual notes to make them more beautiful or interesting ornaments such as trills and mordents Ornaments are a crucial part of the baroque style.
  6. Word OriginMiddle English (also in the sense ‘accessory’): from Old French ournement, from Latin ornamentum ‘equipment, ornament’, from ornare ‘adorn’. The verb dates from the early 18th cent.
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