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Definition of the noun ornamentation

What does ornamentation mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: ornamentations

  1. the state of being ornamented
    • lexical domain: States - nouns denoting stable states of affairs
    • more generic word: state = the way something is with respect to its main attributes
  2. something used to beautify
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonyms of ornamentation: decoration / ornament
    • 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
  3. the act of adding extraneous decorations to something
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonym of ornamentation: embellishment
    • more generic word: decoration = the act of decorating something

Alternative definition of the noun ornamentation


  1. Decoration, adornment or embellishment.
  2. The act or process of decorating etc.


"Ornamentation" is a musical album of Trial of the Bow, Prurient, Brett Lunceford.

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Ornamentation

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Google previewThe Essential Tin Whistle Toolbox (2011)

by Grey Larsen

Ornamentation is an area where this borrowing has not served us well. In many...

Google previewNatural Perfection (2010)

Longchenpa's Radical Dzogchen by Keith Dowman, Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

Ornamentation is the adornment of the self—arisen face of rigpa, the momentary appearance of complex structured gestalt imagery like a rainbow, or the sun, moon, stars and planets, in the sky. The essential quality of po tency is its ...

Google previewCrustacea, Platyhelminthes, Nematoda, Nemertea, Annelida, Rotifera and Tardigrada of the Seychelles Islands (2011)

by Justin Gerlach

The plate ornamentation is a mix of large and small round and elliptical dimples. The paired plates have a transversal unsculpture band. Lateral appeandges are filaments A, B, C, E (variety quadrifilis) or only A, C, E (variety trifilis); the dorsal ...

Google previewThe correlation of the Vicksburg group (1923)

by Charles Wythe Cooke, Joseph Augustine Cushman

The neck is somewhat broken, but the general form of the test and the ornamentation is that of the variety. Lagena striata var. substriata occurs at the following U. S. G. S. station : Mint Spring calcareous marl member. — Browns Cave, Miss.

Google previewA Guide to Octave Mandolin and Bouzouki (2003)

by John McGann, Maroni, Joe

Ornamentation is the art of enhancing a melody. In traditional Irish music, the actual note choices and techniques vary from instrument to instrument. The percussive rapid-fire picked triplets of the great banjo players seem ...

Google previewMarine Parasitology (2005)

by Klaus Rohde

Spore ornamentation is an important taxonomic character, although it is usually visible only with scanning electron microscopy. Recent molecular phylogenetic studies have shown that the enigmatic genus Bonamia also is a haplosporidian ...

Google previewThe Harvard Concise Dictionary of Music and Musicians (1999)

by Don Michael Randel

Ornamentation 483 that reading them with attention to every sign is laborious in the extreme.

What is known about French vocal ornamentation in the 17th century applies mainly to the *air de cour. Although the ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Dinosaurs (1997)

by Philip J. Currie, Kevin Padian

Ornamentation may play an inferred functional role in taxon interaction (e.g., intraspecific combat or as a means of interspecific defense, e.g., scutes and spines) but generally lacks a primarily biomechanical function. Excluded from this review ...

Google previewDesign Dictionary (2008)

Perspectives on Design Terminology by Michael Erlhoff, Timothy Marshall

ornamentation to amplify typography and graphic design, British designer Rachel Wingfield uses technology-driven or— nament to underscore the dynamic between the human and natural environment.

Google previewThe Garland Encyclopedia of World Music: South Asia : the Indian subcontinent (1998)

by Bruno Nettl, Ruth M. Stone, James Porter, Timothy Rice

Ornamentation (gamaka) Ornamentation (gamaka) is essential in Karnatak raga performance.

Since the performance tradition does not stipulate particular ornamentation for each raga, performers use gamaka in a very personal way to ...

Google previewThe New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture (2013)

Volume 21: Art and Architecture by Judith H. Bonner, Estill Curtis Pennington

Stylized ornamentation was perhaps its most recognizable feature. Motifs based on pure geometry, abstracted naturalistic forms, or strippeddown ancient decorative elements manifested themselves in hard-edged, lowrelief ornamentation.

Google previewA Dictionary of Symbols (2013)

by J. E. Cirlot

ORNAMENTATION. reality-principle, alongside the corresponding restoration of the primigenial illud rempus (I7). Orientation In lslamic thought, orientation is the materialization of intent. The Orient, since it is the point where the sun rises, ...

Google previewThe Iconographic Encyclopaedia of the Arts and Sciences (1888)

Ornamentation also belongs to the language of form, and its shapes can have no relation to the structures of Nature, since speech and the formulating of particular ideas are not Nature's aim. What we consider the ornaments of a plant, as the ...

Google previewCultural Encyclopedia of the Body (2008)

by Victoria Pitts-Taylor

Ear ornamentation often denoted a specific rank or office among the cultural elite. Some of the materials used were fired clay, obsidian, greenstone, jade, quartz, and onyx.

Google previewIconographic Encyclopedia of the Arts and Sciences: Arhcitecture, by A. Essenwein (1888)

Ornamentation also belongs to the language of form, and its shapes can have no relation to the structures of Nature, since speech and the formulating of particular ideas are not Nature's aim. What we consider the ornaments of a plant, as the ...

Google previewFlip Dictionary (2002)

by Barbara Kipfer

bullet: dingbat ornamentation done with tools: tooling ornamentation having raised work: embossment ornamentation of ...

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Small photo of BROOKLYN, NEW YORK - APRIL 13, 2017: The colorful exterior terra cotta ornamentation on the historic Childs Restaurants building on the Coney Island Boardwalk now part of the Ford AmphitheaterSmall photo of View on christmas fir with ornamentation in flower pot in mall with gallery of commercial numbers with sale and pendant ornaments under ceiling before christmas and new yearSmall photo of WASHINGTON DC, SunTrust building with the Clock Tower, has red brick with gold-domed clock tower bearing ornamentation. 13.10.2016 tourists on bicyclesSmall photo of Minimalist vs Ornamental - Traffic sign with two options - dilemma between visual styles, minimalism and simplicity of visual design or decorated art with ornamentation and decorationSmall photo of Architectural details and ornamentation on side of building in BhutanSmall photo of Garden ornamentation. Pinar Del Rio, Cuba 2015Small photo of Bakhchisaray, Crimea, Russia, April, 28, 2017. The Khan's Palace, Typical of Islamic ornamentation on the walls More...

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Quotes about Ornamentation

If one has a good disposition, what other virtue is needed? If a man has fame, what is the value of other ornamentation? (Chanakya)
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Scrabble value of O1R1N1A1M3E1N1T1A1T1I1O1N1

The value of this 13-letter word is 15 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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