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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun ornament:


Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb ornament:

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Definition of the noun ornament

What does ornament mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: ornaments

  1. something used to beautify
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonyms of ornament: decoration / ornamentation
    • more generic words: artefact / artifact = a man-made object taken as a whole
    • more specific terms:
      • adornment = a decoration of color or interest that is added to relieve plainness
      • arabesque = an ornament that interlaces simulated foliage in an intricate design
      • architectural ornament = something added to a building to improve its appearance
      • beadwork / beading = ornamentation with beads
      • bow = a decorative interlacing of ribbons
      • brass = an ornament or utensil made of brass
      • centerpiece / centrepiece = something placed at the center of something else
      • Christmas tree = an ornamented evergreen used as a Christmas decoration
      • cockade = an ornament (such as a knot of ribbon or a rosette) usually worn on the hat
      • pattern / design / figure = a decorative or artistic work
      • embellishment = a superfluous ornament
      • finial = an ornament at the top of a spire or gable
      • floral arrangement / flower arrangement = a decorative arrangement of flowers
      • gimcrackery / falderol / folderal / gimcrack / nonsense / trumpery / frill = ornamental objects of no great value
      • gargoyle = an ornament consisting of a grotesquely carved figure of a person or animal
      • garnish = any decoration added as a trimming or adornment
      • graffiti / graffito = a rude decoration inscribed on rocks or walls
      • wall hanging / hanging = decoration that is hung (as a tapestry) on a wall or over a window
      • hood ornament = an ornament on the front of the hood of a car emblematic of the manufacturer
      • encrustation / incrustation = a decorative coating of contrasting material that is applied to a surface as an inlay or overlay
      • inlay = a decoration made by fitting pieces of wood into prepared slots in a surface
      • interior decoration / decor = decoration consisting of the layout and furnishings of a livable interior
      • pommel / knob = an ornament in the shape of a ball on the hilt of a sword or dagger
      • lunula = a crescent-shaped metal ornament of the Bronze Age
      • moulding / molding = a decorative strip used for ornamentation or finishing
      • nailhead = something resembling the head of a nail that is used as an ornamental device
      • necklet = decoration worn about the neck (fur piece or tight necklace) as an ornament
      • overlay = a layer of decorative material (such as gold leaf or wood veneer) applied over a surface
      • rosemaling = a Scandinavian style of carved or painted decoration (as on furniture or walls or dinnerware) consisting of floral motifs
      • set decoration = a decoration used as part of the set of a theatrical or movie production
      • sgraffito = a ceramic or mural decoration made by scratching off a surface layer to reveal the ground
      • spiral / volute = ornament consisting of a curve on a plane that winds around a center with an increasing distance from the center
      • sprig = an ornament that resembles a spray of leaves or flowers
      • rivet / stud = ornament consisting of a circular rounded protuberance
      • tail fin / tailfin / fin = one of a pair of decorations projecting above the rear fenders of an automobile
      • tinsel = a showy decoration that is basically valueless
      • tracery = decoration consisting of an open pattern of interlacing ribs
      • wind chime / wind bell = a decorative arrangement of pieces of metal or glass or pottery that hang together loosely so the wind can cause them to tinkle
      • garnish = something (such as parsley) added to a dish for flavor or decoration

Alternative definition of the noun ornament


  1. An element of decoration.
  2. A Christmas tree decoration
  3. [music] A musical flourish that are unnecessary to the overall melodic or harmonic line, but serve to decorate or "ornament" that line.

Definition of the verb ornament

What does ornament mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: ornamented | ornamenting | ornaments

  1. make more attractive by adding ornament, colour, etc.
  2. be an ornament to


Who is Ornament?

Ornament a.k.a. Antikatechon is a musician.


Ornament is a musical group.


Ornament is a record label.


  1. "Ornament": Ornament is Ornament's first album. Although somewhat basic-sounding now, it displays all the elements of Ornament's sound; heavy use of indie sampling, processed drums, and pop-oriented song structures.
  2. "Ornament" is the 2010 album by Sasa Kovacevic.


  1. Ornament: In music, ornaments or embellishments are musical flourishes that are not necessary to carry the overall line of the melody, but serve instead to decorate or "ornament" that line. Many ornaments are performed as "fast notes" around a central note. The amount of ornamentation in a piece of music can vary from quite extensive to relatively little or even none. The word agrément is used specifically to indicate the French Baroque style of ornamentation.
    • also known as 裝飾音
  2. Ornament is a football team formed by HK Gold & Silver Ornament Workers and Merchants General Union in 1948. Although it has more than 60 years of history, it has never competed in Hong Kong First Division League, but has only competed in Hong Kong Second Division League and Hong Kong Third Division League.

Phrases with Ornament

  1. to ornament
  2. hood ornament
  3. architectural ornament

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Ornament

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Google previewA Manual of Historic Ornament (2012)

by Richard Glazier

Ornament is the means by which Beauty or Significance is imparted to Utility. It is either Symbolical...

Inventive ornament is that which consists of elements not derived from any natural source ; the Moresque style is a good example of this type.

Google previewThe Story of Post-Modernism (2012)

Five Decades of the Ironic, Iconic and Critical in Architecture by Charles Jencks

post-modern irony: they let the viewer know that the designer knows that ornament is a free choice to be enjoyed as such. When Modernists complained, ' It always hides a fault in construction', they replied 'That's another good reason to ...

Google previewIn Paradise: A Novel (Complete) (1903)

by Paul Heyse

A mile or two from Starnberg, onthe shore of the beautiful lake, stands a plain countryhouse, whose chief ornament is a shady and rather wild little park of beeches and cedars. This stretches from the highwaythat connects ...

Google previewLiminal Lights (2014)

by J.M. Bogart

The only ornament is an abandoned soccer ball, which was left out for the winter. It has partially deflated, giving it the same forlorn look as the rest of the space. Of course, the unkempt state of things is not a reflection on the type of parents Jake ...

Google previewPictorial Encyclopedia of Historic Ornament (2012)

100 Plates, Including 75 in Full Color by H. Dolmetsch

Painted ornament from Nimroud. 14. Enamelled brick from Khorsabad. PLATE 4. Greek: Ornamental Architecture and Sculpture 1. Doric capital from Paestum ( with painted ornament). 2. Ionic capital from the Erechtheum on the Acropolis, ...

Google previewThe encyclopedia of ornament (1842)

by Henry Shaw

ORNAMENT. PLATE 1. The Title, taken from a binding in the possession of George Lucy, Esq. of Charlecote, War wickshire. 2.Ante-pendiums, or Altar Cloths of the date of about 1500, taken from churches in Italy. These draperies, generally ...

Google previewCRC World Dictionary of Plant Names (1999)

Common Names, Scientific Names, Eponyms, Synonyms, and Etymology by Umberto Quattrocchi

Epacridaceae Origins: From the Greek kosmos "ornament, decoration, form," kos- meo "to rule, ...

Google previewA Thesaurus Dictionary of the English Language (1906)

Designed to Suggest Immediately Any Desired Word Needed to Express Exactly a Given Idea; a Dictionary, Synonyms, Antonyms, Idioms, Foreign Phrases, Pronunciations, a Copious Correlation of Words, Prepared Under the Supervision of Francis Andrew March ... and Francis Andrew March, Jr by Francis Andrew March

A fioral ornament. Arabesque A fanciful ornament of plant and animal forms. Architecture. The science or art of constructing or building. Arras. A figured ornamental tapestry. Astragal. A small convex molding. Balais (F.). A rose- colored ruby.

Google previewEncyclopaedia Britannica (1891)

A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and General Literature

Archaic Vessels' decorated with simple line ornament. plants (often seaweeds) and marine animals, such as...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Furniture (1965)

by Joseph Aronson

Certain more or less conventionalized forms used as the basis of ornamental designs are called motifs . Color ornament may be contrast in suriam or it may be applied to a surface in the ...

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Quotes about Ornament

I see my body as an instrument, rather than an ornament. (Alanis Morissette)
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Scrabble value of O1R1N1A1M3E1N1T1

The value of this 8-letter word is 10 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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