Meaning of ORNAMENT in English


I. or ‧ na ‧ ment 1 /ˈɔːnəmənt $ ˈɔːr-/ BrE AmE noun

[ Date: 1300-1400 ; Language: Old French ; Origin: ornement , from Latin ornamentum , from ornare ; ⇨ ↑ ornate ]

1 . [countable] a small object that you keep in your house because it is beautiful rather than useful:

a shelf covered with books and ornaments

china ornaments

2 . [uncountable] decoration that is added to something:

The building style is plain, with very little ornament.

for ornament

The coins were only ever used for ornament, not as currency.

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▪ decoration noun [countable usually plural] something pretty that you put in a place or onto something to make it look attractive, especially for special occasions:

Half a dozen girls volunteered to put up decorations for the dance.


We're making our own Christmas decorations this year.


You could use the ribbon as a decoration.

▪ ornament [countable] a small pretty object that is used in a room or house to make it look more attractive:

The shelves were crammed with ornaments and souvenirs.


a glass ornament

▪ knick-knacks [plural] small inexpensive objects used to decorate a room:

The shop sold cheap knick-knacks for tourists.


She had dusted all the ornaments and knick-knacks.

▪ garnish [countable] a small amount of food that is used to make a dish look nice or add taste to it:

Serve the fish with a garnish of lemon.

▪ trim [singular, uncountable] decoration on a car, object, or piece of clothing that goes along the length of it:

a white skirt with black trim along the hem

▪ frills [plural] a decoration on the edge of a piece of cloth that is made of many small folds in the cloth:

a white blouse with frills at the cuffs

▪ embellishment [uncountable and countable] formal something that is added in order to make another thing seem more attractive:

the colourful embellishments on a medieval manuscript


His style is simple and without embellishment.

II. or ‧ na ‧ ment 2 /ˈɔːnəment $ ˈɔːr-/ BrE AmE verb

be ornamented with something to be decorated with something:

a silver goblet ornamented with pearls

richly/exquisitely/lavishly etc ornamented

a table richly ornamented with carvings

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