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Definition of the noun adornment

What does adornment mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: adornments

  1. a decoration of color or interest that is added to relieve plainness
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic words: decoration / ornament / ornamentation = something used to beautify
    • more specific terms:
      • banding / stripe / band = an adornment consisting of a strip of a contrasting color or material
      • novelty / trinket / bangle / bauble / fallal / gewgaw / gaud = cheap showy jewelry or ornament on clothing
      • beauty spot = a spot that is worn on a lady's face for adornment
      • boutonniere = a flower that is worn in a buttonhole
      • circlet = decorated metal band worn around the head
      • cordon = adornment consisting of an ornamental ribbon or cord
      • epaulette / epaulet = adornment consisting of an ornamental cloth pad worn on the shoulder
      • fob = an adornment that hangs from a watch chain
      • furbelow / flounce / ruffle / frill = a strip of pleated material used as a decoration or a trim
      • frog = a decorative loop of braid or cord
      • frontlet / frontal = an adornment worn on the forehead
      • jewellery / jewelry = an adornment (as a bracelet or ring or necklace) made of precious metals and set with gems
      • pectoral medallion / pectoral = an adornment worn on the chest or breast
      • pendant / pendent = an adornment that hangs from a piece of jewelry
      • plume = a feather or cluster of feathers worn as an ornament
      • pom-pom / pompon = decoration consisting of a ball of tufted wool or silk
      • rosette = an ornament or pattern resembling a rose that is worn as a badge of office or as recognition of having won an honor
      • diamante / spangle / sequin = adornment consisting of a small piece of shiny material used to decorate clothing
      • tassel = adornment consisting of a bunch of cords fastened at one end
      • passementerie / trimming / trim = a decoration or adornment on a garment
      • war paint = adornment consisting of paint applied to the face and body of certain Amerindians before a battle
  2. the action of decorating yourself with something colorful and interesting
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • more generic word: decoration = the act of decorating something

Alternative definition of the noun adornment


  1. A decoration; that which adorns.
  2. The act of decorating.


Adornment: An adornment is generally an accessory or ornament worn to enhance the beauty or status of the wearer. They are often worn to embellish, enhance, or distinguish the wearer, and to define cultural, social, or religious status within a specific community. When worn to show economic status, the items are often either rare or prohibitively expensive to others. Adornments are usually colourful, and worn to attract attention.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Adornment

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Google previewThe Pocket I Ching (2006)

The Book of Change by Thomas Cleary

Adornment means seeking. Image. Adornment means seeking, rising with those above. 3 yang.Adorned and luxuriant, you will be lucky if you are always steadfast and true. Image. The luck of being forever steadfast and true is that ultimately ...

Google previewCultural Encyclopedia of the Breast (2014)

by Merril D. Smith

Adornment is an important form of communication. It has been used throughout time to indicate occupation, rank, gender, sexual availability, class, wealth, and group affiliation. Dress can be viewed as an important indicator of group identity ...

Google previewFigures of Speech Or Figures of Thought? (2007)

The Traditional View of Art by Ananda Kentish Coomaraswamy

is called adornment (decor), whether it be in the thing or externally adapted to it, as ornaments of clothing and jewels and the like. Hence, adornment is common to the beautiful and appropriate.

Google previewInvestigating Culture (2017)

An Experiential Introduction to Anthropology by Carol Delaney

Adornment is an aspect – even a major aspect – of clothing. However, as a theory, it reduces the extraordinary variety of clothing and cannot account for what is culturally significant and meaningful. Rather than insisting on a universal theory to ...

Google previewWalking Where Jesus Walked (2014)

American Christians and Holy Land Pilgrimage by Hillary Kaell

The main artistic adornment is a walllength baptistery painting at the front of the sanctuary depicting the Jordan as a wide river with fast-moving rapids in the foreground and majestic mountains in the distance. The bright blue water is flanked ...

Google previewThe Oxford Encyclopedia of Women in World History (2008)

4 Volume Set by Bonnie G. Smith

Body adornment and clothing comprise a wide range of forms and practices: garments; footwear; hats, veils, and other headgear; jewelry; accessories and accoutrements like bags and belts; cosmetics; coiffure; and even alterations of the skin ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Hair (2006)

A Cultural History by Victoria Sherrow

Adornment, Ornamental Adornment, Symbolic Advertising Africa African Americans Afro Aging and Hair Alberto-Culver Company Albinism Alexandre of Paris Allergic Reactions Alopecia Areata American Beauty Association American Health ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Women in the Ancient World (2001)

by Joyce E. Salisbury

Finally, jewelry was adornment to enhance sexual attractiveness. While early jewelry was made ...

Google previewZondervan Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2011)

by J. D. Douglas, Merrill C. Tenney

Both Paul and Peter urge women not to be overly concerned about personal adornment, but to dress modestly and sensibly, ...

Google previewDictionary of Media and Communication Studies (2006)

by James Watson, Anne Hill

Dress Appearance and bodily adornment are important aspects of non-verbal communica- tion, and play an especially significant role when people are forming first impressions of one another. These features can send a range of messages ...

Google previewThe Dictionary of Unfamiliar Words (2008)

by Diagram Group

gild the lily To try to beautify something that is already beautiful and needs no further adornment. give someone the cold shoulder To deliberately ignore or snub someone. go Dutch To share the cost of something, ...

Google previewFaces around the World: A Cultural Encyclopedia of the Human Face (2012)

A Cultural Encyclopedia of the Human Face by Margo DeMello

Facial Piercing Facial Tattoos Labrets, Lip Plugs, and Lip Plates Moko Nose Piercing Oral Piercing Permanent Makeup Teeth Filing Adornment of the Face Bindi Cosmetics Henna Jewelry Kohl Facial Expressions Animal Facial Expressions ...

Google previewThe New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture (2010)

Volume 14: Folklife by Glenn Hinson, William Ferris

Fancywork—the adornment of ground fabrics with specialty fibers, beads, sequins, and other embellishments—refers to work that serves a more decorative function and was historically the province of elite young ladies. Today, plain work is no ...

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Wealth and children are the adornment of life. (Koran)
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