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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 previewGood Words (1880)

Ornament is a language, and its varied styles are as divers tongues spoken from age to age by the great human...

Google previewAppletons' Journal (1880)

Ornament is a language, and its varied styles are as divers tongues spoken from age to age by the great human...

Google previewHill and valley (1838)

Or hours in England and Wales by Catherine Sinclair

In external architecture it is plain, and the chief interior ornament is a splendid screen of richly ...

Google previewSketches of History, Life, and Manners, in the United States (1826)

by Anne Newport Royall

attached to them, which are laid off in a style of inimitable taste and beauty, adorned with trees, flowers and summer houses; but its chief ornament is a great square called the green, in the centre of the city, occupying the front of the colleges.

Google previewThe Environs of London: County of Surrey (1792)

by Daniel Lysons

Its chief ornament is a little cha- Bishop West's pel, at the east end. of the south aisle, built by Bishop West, chape1, 13 Perfect Occurrences, ...

Google previewThe Repository of Arts, Literature, Fashions, Manufactures, &c (1816)

Pearl ornaments are also much in favour; but for very young ladies, the most general ornament is a chaplet composed of six rows of alternate white and red roses : this chaplet is placed at the back of the head, so as to have the appearance of ...

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 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 previewthe encyclopedia americana (1919)

by 1919 The Encyclopedia Americana Corporation

ORNAMENT. Derived from the Latin ornare, to adorn. The artistic embellishment of the work of craftsmen, especially in architecture and the industrial arts. Ornament consists of an additional refinement in hcautifying a useful or decorative ...

Google previewThe New Volumes of the Encyclopaedia Britannica (1902)

Constituting in Combination with the Existing Volumes of the Ninth Edition, the Tenth Edition of that Work, and Also Supplying a New, Distinctive, and Independent Library of Reference Dealing with Recent Events and Developments

Ornament.—Ornament is in its nature accessory, and implies a thing to be ornamented, which is its active cause and by rights suggests its design. It does not exist apart from its application .

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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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