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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Something that decorates or adorns; an embellishment.
  • n. A person considered as a source of pride, honor, or credit: a singer who is an ornament to the world of opera.
  • n. Music A note or group of notes that embellishes a melody.
  • transitive v. To furnish with ornaments: ornamented the windows with hanging plants.
  • transitive v. To be an ornament to: "The babies ornament her ankles, dangle from her pant legs” ( Carolyn Chute).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An element of decoration.
  • n. A Christmas tree decoration
  • n. A musical flourish that are unnecessary to the overall melodic or harmonic line, but serve to decorate or "ornament" that line.
  • v. To decorate.
  • v. To add to.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. That which embellishes or adorns; that which adds grace or beauty; embellishment; decoration; adornment.
  • transitive v. To adorn; to deck; to embellish; to beautify.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To adorn; deck; embellish: as, to ornament a building with sculpture or painting.
  • Synonyms Adorn, Ornament, Decorate, etc. See adorn.
  • n. Any accessory, adjunct, or trapping that serves for use or for both use and adornment, or such accessories, adjuncts, or trappings collectively; hence, equipment, vesture, dress, attire, etc.
  • n. Something added as an embellishment; that which embellishes or adorns; whatever lends or is intended to lend grace or beauty to that to which it is added or belongs, as a jewel, a rhetorical embellishment, etc.
  • n. An honorary distinction; a decoration; a mark of honor.
  • n. One who adds luster to one's sphere or surroundings: as, he is an ornament of his profession.
  • n. Embellishment or adornments collectively or in the abstract; adornment; ornamentation; decoration: as, a thing suitable for either use or ornament.
  • n. Outward appearance; mere display.
  • n. Synonyms Embellishment, adornment. See adorn.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. be an ornament to
  • v. make more attractive by adding ornament, colour, etc.
  • n. something used to beautify

Etymologies

Middle English ournement, from Old French ornement, from Latin ōrnāmentum, from ōrnāre, to adorn; see ar- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English ornament, from Old French ornement, from Latin ornamentum ("equipment, apparatus, furniture, trappings, adornment, embellishment"), from ornare ("to equip, adorn"). (Wiktionary)

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