from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The act or process of decorating, adorning, or embellishing.
  • noun The state of being decorated, adorned, or embellished.
  • noun Something that decorates or adorns; an embellishment.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The act or process of ornamenting or of producing ornament.
  • noun Ornament in general; the whole mass of ornament applied to an object or used in combination: as, the ornamentation of a building.
  • noun In zoology, the colors, markings, hairs, spines, etc., on the surface of an animal.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The act or art of ornamenting, or the state of being ornamented.
  • noun That which ornaments.
  • noun The ornaments embellishing an object, collectively.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Decoration, adornment or embellishment.
  • noun The act or process of decorating etc.

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

  • noun something used to beautify
  • noun the act of adding extraneous decorations to something
  • noun the state of being ornamented


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  • November 7, 2010