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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [uh-dawrn-muh nt]
    • /əˈdɔrn mənt/
    • /əˈdɔːnmənt/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [uh-dawrn-muh nt]
    • /əˈdɔrn mənt/

Definitions of adornment word

  • variable noun adornment An adornment is something that is used to make a person or thing more beautiful. 3
  • uncountable noun adornment Adornment is the process of making something more beautiful by adding something to it. 3
  • noun adornment an adorning or being adorned 3
  • noun adornment a decoration or ornament 3
  • noun adornment something that adds attractiveness; ornament; accessory: the adornments and furnishings of a room. 1
  • noun adornment ornamentation; embellishment: personal adornment. 1

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Origin of adornment

First appearance:

before 1470
One of the 25% oldest English words
1470-80; adorn + -ment; replacing late Middle English aournement < Middle French

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Parts of speech for Adornment


adornment popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 80% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

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Synonyms for adornment

noun adornment

  • ornamentation — the act of ornamenting.
  • decoration — The decoration of a room is its furniture, wallpaper, and ornaments.
  • trimming — the condition, order, or fitness of a person or thing for action, work, use, etc.
  • gilding — the application of gilt.
  • beautification — Making beautiful, beautifying, improving the appearance of something.

verb adornment

  • gussy up — to enhance the attractiveness of in a gimmicky, showy manner (usually followed by up): a room gussied up with mirrors and lights.
  • quilting — a coverlet for a bed, made of two layers of fabric with some soft substance, as wool or down, between them and stitched in patterns or tufted through all thicknesses in order to prevent the filling from shifting.
  • quilted — resembling a quilt, as in texture, design, stitching, etc.
  • gussied up — dressed in a showy way
  • cross-stitch — Cross-stitch is a type of decorative sewing where one stitch crosses another.

Antonyms for adornment

noun adornment

  • plainness — clear or distinct to the eye or ear: a plain trail to the river; to stand in plain view.

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