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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 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 Essential Tin Whistle Toolbox (2011)

by Grey Larsen

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

Google previewUnited States Congressional serial set (1904)

The ornamentation is the striped pattern well known among the different tribes in this area. The foundation is laid up rather wide for the size of the basket and the sewing far apart, the stitches not being crowded home. Compare this with the ...

Google previewCongressional Series of United States Public Documents (1904)

The ornamentation is the striped pattern well known among the different tribes in this area. The foundation is laid up rather wide for the size of the basket and the sewing far apart, the stitches not being crowded home. Compare this with the ...

Google previewAnnual Report (1904)

by United States National Museum

The ornamentation is the striped pattern well known among the different tribes in this area. The foundation is laid up rather wide for the size of the basket and the sewing far apart, the stitches not being crowded home. Compare this with the ...

Google previewKabuki a Pocket Guide (2012)

by Ronald Cavaye

The only ornamentation is the character's family crest sewn onto the breast , ...

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 previewCompassionate Knitting (2011)

Finding Basic Goodness in the Work of Our Hands by Tara Jon Manning

Its ornamentation is a swish of flame-like color. As the intarsia design flows around from front to back or side to side, you are invited to work on your own understanding of the dualistic nature of energy and of mind. As you knit through this ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Symbols (2013)

by J. E. Cirlot

Ornamentation This is a symbol of cosmic activity, of development in space and of the 'way out of chaos' (chaos being denoted by blind matter) (13). Ornamentation by virtue of graduated motifs— its progressive reconciliation with ...

Google previewEncyclopaedic Dictionary of Music (2005)

Ornament, ornamentation : Additional elaboration added to a written melody, in some circumstances according to marks placed in the score by the composer, and, in other cases, in a style considered appropriate to the period when the work ...

Google previewA Concise Dictionary of Architectural Terms (2012)

by John Henry Parker

In the thirteenth century also they were dependent upon the ironwork for ornamentation, this consisting not only of the ornamental hinges and...

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of Baroque Music (2013)

by Joseph P. Swain

ORNAMENTATION. The decoration of a written-out melody in performance, almost always by fragmenting long notes into notes of shorter duration. Omamentation in the solo parts of arias and concertos was generally improvised completely.

Google previewMini Music Guides: Dictionary of Music (2013)

All the Essential Terms, Composers, and Theory in an Easy-to-Follow Format! by L. C. Harnsberger

ornamentation. open fifth: A triad that does not contain the third.

ornamentation: To embellish a melody.

Google previewDictionary of Architecture and Building Construction (2008)

by Nikolas Davies, Erkki Jokiniemi

ORNAMENTATION. OGEE MOULDINGS A cyma recta, ogee moulding B cyma reversa, reverse ogee moulding C bead and reel moulding, beaded moulding, reel and bead moulding D astragal GREEK CYMAE 1 Doric cyma 2 leaf scroll 3 ...

Google previewBeeton's Dictionary of universal information; comprising a complete summary of the moral, mathematical, physical and natural sciences [&c., ed. by S.O. Beeton and J. Sherer. Wanting pt. 13]. (1870)

by Samuel Orchart Beeton

Ornamentation. of. ornameDt produced in metal by electrotyping the uatur&l object, whereby every venation and Btriation "f the plant is reproduced, and compare it with a well and limply modelled treatment, where only the general Fig.

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 Dictionary of Unfamiliar Words (2008)

by Diagram Group

Ornamentation followed the lozenge shape, foliate scrolling, espagnolettes, and ormolu mounts. Slipcovers were an innovation for those not able to afford separate seasonal suites of furniture. Regency Gothic A brief British fashion in the late ...

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 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.

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Small photo of facade of a building with ceramic tiles with floral ornamentation, PortugalSmall photo of Angel ornamentation on a Venetian Gondola prow, Venice, ItalySmall photo of Syuru, Asmat Region/ Indonesia - November 9 2012: A chief wears bilas, body ornamentation, appropriate to his station. A pig's tusk nose ornament, and a fur hat decorated with feathers and shellsSmall photo of Syuru, Asmat Region/ Indonesia - November 9 2012: A chief wears bilas, body ornamentation, appropriate to his station. A pig's tusk nose ornament, and a fur hat decorated with feathers and shellsSmall photo of Ornamentation above a building entrance with illuminati symbolic. Recorded in Poland.Small photo of Detail of ornamentation on the roof of the famous Osaka Castle, JapanSmall photo of floral arrangement clover spring holiday irish day saint patricks on a ribbed wooden surface with ornamentation in the corners 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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