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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [awr-nuh-men-tl]
    • /ˌɔr nəˈmɛn tl/
    • /ˌɔː.nəˈmen.təl/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [awr-nuh-men-tl]
    • /ˌɔr nəˈmɛn tl/

Definitions of ornamental word

  • adjective ornamental used or grown for ornament: ornamental plants. 1
  • adjective ornamental providing ornament; decorative. 1
  • adjective ornamental of or relating to ornament. 1
  • noun ornamental something ornamental; decoration; adornment. 1
  • noun ornamental a plant cultivated for decorative purposes. 1
  • noun ornamental Serving or intended as an ornament; decorative. 1

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Origin of ornamental

First appearance:

before 1640
One of the 44% oldest English words
First recorded in 1640-50; ornament + -al1

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Parts of speech for Ornamental


ornamental popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 88% 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".

ornamental usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for ornamental

adjective ornamental

  • decorative — Something that is decorative is intended to look pretty or attractive.
  • attractive — A person who is attractive is pleasant to look at.
  • ornate — elaborately or sumptuously adorned, often excessively or showily so: They bought an ornate Louis XIV sofa.
  • for show — in order to impress, for display only
  • patterned — a decorative design, as for wallpaper, china, or textile fabrics, etc.

Antonyms for ornamental

adjective ornamental

  • functional — of or relating to a function or functions: functional difficulties in the administration.
  • plain — clear or distinct to the eye or ear: a plain trail to the river; to stand in plain view.
  • unembellished — to beautify by or as if by ornamentation; ornament; adorn.

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