Meaning of ORNAMENT in English


— ornamenter , n.

n. /awr"neuh meuhnt/ ; v. /awr"neuh ment', -meuhnt/ , n.

1. 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.

2. a system, category, or style of such objects or features; ornamentation: a book on Gothic ornament.

3. any adornment or means of adornment.

4. a person or thing that adds to the credit or glory of a society, era, etc.

5. the act of adorning.

6. the state of being adorned.

7. mere outward display: a speech more of ornament than of ideas.

8. Chiefly Eccles. any accessory, adjunct, or equipment.

9. Music. a tone or group of tones applied as decoration to a principal melodic tone.


10. to furnish with ornaments; embellish: to ornament a musical composition.

11. to be an ornament to: Several famous scientists were acquired to ornament the university.

[ 1175-1225; ornamentum equipment, ornament, equiv. to orna ( re ) to equip + -mentum -MENT; r. ME ornement ]

Syn. 1. embellishment. 3, 5 . decoration. 10, 11 . decorate, adorn, grace.

Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .