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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Those horrible statues of garden ornaments?
▪ It's a life-sized sculpture of an elephant, and it's destined to become a millionaire's garden ornament.
▪ Alternatively, there are several firms that make such ornaments from reconstituted stone.
▪ The more elaborate the ornament, the more likely that a random mutation will make the ornament less elaborate, not more.
▪ Thus, any change in a gene will tend to make the ornament smaller, less symmetrical, or less colorful.
▪ Christmas ornaments
▪ I bought a new Christmas tree ornament - do you want to see it?
▪ The music building is a structure with simple but gracious ornament.
▪ Thieves stole all the silver and gold ornaments from the palace.
▪ I have no use for second-hand books and unfashionable clothes and bits of ornament.
▪ Now Boston gets offered the Massachusetts as an ornament.
▪ The species is beautifully preserved, retaining something of its original lustre, and all the fine details of its ornament.
▪ Top weighting had to be achieved by the disposition of proportion, ornament and light.
▪ Ugly ornaments don't deserve to exist.
▪ When she moved, ornaments rattled.
▪ You see that the ornaments we are discussing are nothing if not arbitrary.
▪ He specialised in lead figures of which excellent examples are found at Powis Castle in Powys, ornamenting the spectacular hanging terraces.
▪ One in particular, about a metre high, pale lemon in colour, was ornamented with neo-classical bandings in blue and gold.
▪ Sometimes the blades were elaborately ornamented.
▪ The corners of the enclosure were ornamented by sculptured funerary lions devouring stags.
▪ To the left was a dinosaur of a stone pulpit, all arched and ornamented.
▪ Veins are often dark reddish brown and the blade somewhat ornamented by reddish brown irregular spots.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

ornament \or"na*ment\, n. [OE. ornement, F. ornement, fr. L. ornamentum, fr. ornare to adorn.] That which embellishes or adorns; that which adds grace or beauty; embellishment; decoration; adornment.

The ornament of a meek and quiet spirit.
--1 Pet. iii. 4.

Like that long-buried body of the king Found lying with his urns and ornaments.


ornament \or"na*ment\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Ornamented; p. pr. & vb. n. Ornamenting.] To adorn; to deck; to embellish; to beautify; as, to ornament a room, or a city.

Syn: See Adorn.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

early 13c., "an accessory," from Old French ornement "ornament, decoration," and directly from Latin ornamentum "apparatus, equipment, trappings; embellishment, decoration, trinket," from ornare "equip, adorn" (see ornate). Meaning "decoration, embellishment" in English is attested from late 14c. (also a secondary sense in classical Latin). Figurative use from 1550s.


1720, from ornament (n.). Middle English used ournen (late 14c.) in this sense, from Old French orner, from Latin ornare. Related: Ornamented; ornamenting.


n. (senseid en element of decoration) An element of decoration; that which embellishes or adorns. vb. 1 (senseid en to decorate) To decorate. 2 (senseid en to add to) To add to.

  1. n. something used to beautify [syn: decoration, ornamentation]

  2. v. make more attractive by adding ornament, colour, etc.; "Decorate the room for the party"; "beautify yourself for the special day" [syn: decorate, adorn, grace, embellish, beautify]

  3. be an ornament to; "stars ornamented the Christmas tree"

Ornament (football club)

Ornament is a football team formed by HK Gold & Silver Ornament Workers and Merchants General Union in 1948. Although it has more than 60 years of history, it has never competed in Hong Kong First Division League, but has only competed in Hong Kong Second Division League and Hong Kong Third Division League.

Ornament (music)

In music, ornaments or embellishments are musical flourishes that are not necessary to carry the overall line of the melody (or harmony), but serve instead to decorate or " ornament" that line. Many ornaments are performed as "fast notes" around a central note. The amount of ornamentation in a piece of music can vary from quite extensive (it was often so in the Baroque period) to relatively little or even none. The word agrément is used specifically to indicate the French Baroque style of ornamentation.

In the baroque period, it was common for performers to improvise ornamentation on a given melodic line. A singer performing a da capo aria, for instance, would sing the melody relatively unornamented the first time, but decorate it with additional flourishes the second time. Improvised ornamentation continues to be part of the Irish musical tradition, particularly in sean-nós singing but also throughout the wider tradition as performed by the best players.

Ornamentation may also be indicated by the composer. A number of standard ornaments (described below) are indicated with standard symbols in music notation, while other ornamentations may be appended to the score in small notes, or simply written out normally. Frequently, a composer will have his or her own vocabulary of ornaments, which will be explained in a preface, much like a code. A grace note is a note written in smaller type, with or without a slash through it, to indicate that its note value does not count as part of the total time value of the bar. Alternatively, the term may refer more generally to any of the small notes used to mark some other ornament (see Appoggiatura, below), or in association with some other ornament’s indication (see Trill, below), regardless of the timing used in the execution.

In Spain, melodies ornamented upon repetition (" divisions") were called " diferencias", and can be traced back to 1538, when Luis de Narváez published the first collection of such music for the vihuela.


An ornament is something used for decoration.

Ornament may also refer to:

  • Ornament (art), a purely decorative element in architecture and the decorative arts
  • Christmas ornament, a decoration used to festoon a Christmas tree
  • Hood ornament, a decoration on the hood of an automobile
  • Garden ornament, a decoration in a garden, landscape, or park
  • Lawn ornament, a decoration in a grassy area
  • Peak ornament, a decoration under the peak of the eaves of a gabled building
  • Ornamental plant, a decorative plant
  • Ornament (music), a flourish that serves to decorate music
  • Biological ornament, a biological structure that appears to serve only a decorative purpose
  • Bronze and brass ornamental work
  • Ornaments Rubric, a prayer of the Church of England
  • Ornament (football), the football team from Hong Kong

For ornamentation of the human body see:

  • Human physical appearance
  • Fashion
  • Jewelry
  • Body modification
  • Tattoo
Ornament (art)

In architecture and decorative art, ornament is a decoration used to embellish parts of a building or object. Large figurative elements such as monumental sculpture and their equivalents in decorative art are excluded from the term; most ornament does not include human figures, and if present they are small compared to the overall scale. Architectural ornament can be carved from stone, wood or precious metals, formed with plaster or clay, or painted or impressed onto a surface as applied ornament; in other applied arts the main material of the object, or a different one such as paint or vitreous enamel may be used.

A wide variety of decorative styles and motifs have been developed for architecture and the applied arts, including pottery, furniture, metalwork. In textiles, wallpaper and other objects where the decoration may be the main justification for its existence, the terms pattern or design are more likely to be used. The vast range of motifs used in ornament draw from geometrical shapes and patterns, plants, and human and animal figures. Across Eurasia and the Mediterranean world there has been a rich and linked tradition of plant-based ornament for over three thousand years; traditional ornament from other parts of the world typically relies more on geometrical and animal motifs.

In a 1941 essay, the architectural historian Sir John Summerson called it "surface modulation". The earliest decoration and ornament often survives from prehistoric cultures in simple markings on pottery, where decoration in other materials (including tattoos) has been lost. Where the potter's wheel was used, the technology made some kinds of decoration very easy; weaving is another technology which also lends itself very easily to decoration or pattern, and to some extent dictates its form. Ornament has been evident in civilizations since the beginning of recorded history, ranging from Ancient Egyptian architecture to the assertive lack of ornament of 20th century Modernist architecture.

Ornament implies that the ornamented object has a function that an unornamented equivalent might also fulfill. Where the object has no such function, but exists only to be a work of art such as a sculpture or painting, the term is less likely to be used, except for peripheral elements. In recent centuries a distinction between the fine arts and applied or decorative arts has been applied (except for architecture), with ornament mainly seen as a feature of the latter class.

Usage examples of "ornament".

Looking at it rising across the valley, the straight high walls and towers adazzle in the blinding light, it seemed less a city than an enormous jewel: a monstrous ornament carved of whitest ivory and nestled against the black surrounding mountains, or a colossal milk-coloured moonstone set upon the dusty green of the valley to shimmer gently in the heat haze of a blistering summer day.

He also took off a cloak of fine material, in which he had dressed himself that day, and dressed the king in it, and sent for some colored boots, which he put on his feet, and he put a large silver ring on his finger, because he had heard that he had admired greatly a silver ornament worn by one of the sailors.

She was watched with delight even by the monks for in her black silk gown, ornamented by the brilliant tartan scarf, held together by the gold agraffe which was engraved with the arms of Scotland and Lorraine, her lovely hair loose about her shoulders, she was a charming sight.

The bays are marked by plain aisle buttresses, terminating in three-cornered caps, with a battlement of cusped stonework ornamented with finials behind them.

The windows of the aisle are delicately moulded with capitals to their shafts, and are ornamented with a crocketed gable, ogee-shaped and topped with a prominent finial rising just above the battlements of the aisle.

The aisle fronts have upper storeys ornamented with blind arches and an upper row of small lancet windows.

The man had only to scan her plain attire to know she was not the kind of woman who amassed ornaments, costly or otherwise.

From its chains dangled various chatelettes made from rustproof materials: brass scissors, a golden etui with a manicure set inside, a bodkin, a spoon, a vinaigrette, a needle-case, a small looking-glass, a cup-sized strainer for spike-leaves, a timepiece that had stopped, and whose case was inlaid with ivory and bronze, a workbox containing small reels of thread, an enameled porcelain thimble and a silver one, silver-handled buttonhooks and a few spare buttonsglass-topped, enclosing tiny picturesa miniature portrait of her mother worked in enamels, several rowan-wood tilhals, a highly ornamented anlace, a penknife, an empty silver-gilt snuff-box, and a pencil.

A marvellous dish with upturned edge and ornamented foot was the next thing he made, and he placed it at once in the annealing oven.

The Archdeacon knew this, and knew too that his guest and substitute would rather have been talking about his own views on the ornaments rubric than about the parishioners.

It must be remarked, that the Puritans were extremely averse to the raising of this ornament to the capital.

It took Mum a long time to get ready and while she powdered her face and arranged the elaborate ornamented folds of her head-gear and dug out her necklaces and bangles, her wrappers and white shoes, and plaited her hair hurriedly in the mirror, Dad was already asleep on his three-legged chair.

He is conducted by the beadle and the landlord to the Harmonic Meeting Room, where he puts his hat on the piano and takes a Windsor-chair at the head of a long table formed of several short tables put together and ornamented with glutinous rings in endless involutions, made by pots and glasses.

The pieces were astonishingly intricate, their flat surfaces ornamented with a wealth of abstract or zoomorphic interlace laid on with wire, and glittering beadlets of gold.

Had she always confined the distinction of Romans to the ancient families within the walls of the city, that immortal name would have been deprived of some of its noblest ornaments.