Meaning of ORNAMENT in English


n. & v.


1. a a thing used or serving to adorn, esp. a small trinket, vase, figure, etc. (a mantelpiece crowded with ornaments; her only ornament was a brooch). b a quality or person conferring adornment, grace, or honour (an ornament to her profession).

2 decoration added to embellish esp. a building (a tower rich in ornament).

3 (in pl.) Mus. embellishments and decorations made to a melody.

4 (usu. in pl.) the accessories of worship, e.g. the altar, chalice, sacred vessels, etc. adorn; beautify.


ornamentation n.

Etymology: ME f. AF urnement, OF o(u)rnement f. L ornamentum equipment f. ornare adorn

Oxford English vocab.      Оксфордский английский словарь.