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Definition of ornament noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[countable] an object that is used as decoration in a room, garden, etc. rather than for a particular purpose a china/glass ornament
  2. 2[countable] (formal) an object that is worn as jewelry Archeologists 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 anymore.
  4. 4ornament to something 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.
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