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    • UK Pronunciation
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    • [noun awr-nuh-muh nt; verb awr-nuh-ment, -muh nt]
    • /noun ˈɔr nə mənt; verb ˈɔr nəˌmɛnt, -mənt/
    • /ˈɔː.nə.mənt/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [noun awr-nuh-muh nt; verb awr-nuh-ment, -muh nt]
    • /noun ˈɔr nə mənt; verb ˈɔr nəˌmɛnt, -mənt/

Definitions of ornament word

  • noun ornament an accessory, article, or detail used to beautify the appearance of something to which it is added or of which it is a part: architectural ornaments. 1
  • noun ornament a system, category, or style of such objects or features; ornamentation: a book on Gothic ornament. 1
  • noun ornament any adornment or means of adornment. 1
  • noun ornament a person or thing that adds to the credit or glory of a society, era, etc. 1
  • noun ornament the act of adorning. 1
  • noun ornament the state of being adorned. 1

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Origin of ornament

First appearance:

before 1175
One of the 8% oldest English words
1175-1225; < Latin ornāmentum equipment, ornament, equivalent to ornā(re) to equip + -mentum -ment; replacing Middle English ornement < Old French < Latin, as above

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Parts of speech for Ornament


ornament popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 95% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

ornament usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for ornament

verb ornament

  • adorn — If something adorns a place or an object, it makes it look more beautiful.
  • decorate — If you decorate something, you make it more attractive by adding things to it.
  • beautify — If you beautify something, you make it look more beautiful.
  • embellish — Make (something) more attractive by the addition of decorative details or features.
  • paint — a substance composed of solid coloring matter suspended in a liquid medium and applied as a protective or decorative coating to various surfaces, or to canvas or other materials in producing a work of art.

noun ornament

  • decoration — The decoration of a room is its furniture, wallpaper, and ornaments.
  • adornment — An adornment is something that is used to make a person or thing more beautiful.
  • embellishment — A decorative detail or feature added to something to make it more attractive.
  • pattern — a decorative design, as for wallpaper, china, or textile fabrics, etc.
  • enhancement — An increase or improvement in quality, value, or extent.

Antonyms for ornament

verb ornament

  • deface — If someone defaces something such as a wall or a notice, they spoil it by writing or drawing things on it.
  • disfigure — to mar the appearance or beauty of; deform; deface: Our old towns are increasingly disfigured by tasteless new buildings.
  • mar — to damage or spoil to a certain extent; render less perfect, attractive, useful, etc.; impair or spoil: That billboard mars the view. The holiday was marred by bad weather.
  • spoil — to damage severely or harm (something), especially with reference to its excellence, value, usefulness, etc.: The water stain spoiled the painting. Drought spoiled the corn crop.
  • uglify — to make ugly.

noun ornament

  • disgrace — the loss of respect, honor, or esteem; ignominy; shame: the disgrace of criminals.
  • plainness — clear or distinct to the eye or ear: a plain trail to the river; to stand in plain view.

Top questions with ornament

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