AskDefine | Define ornament

Dictionary Definition

ornament n : something used to beautify [syn: decoration, ornamentation]


1 make more attractive by adding ornament, colour, etc.; "Decorate the room for the party"; "beautify yourself for the special day" [syn: decorate, adorn, grace, embellish, beautify]
2 be an ornament to; "stars ornamented the Christmas tree"

User Contributed Dictionary




ornament (plural ornaments)
  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.

Related terms


An element of decoration
a musical flourish
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Extensive Definition

Ornament may refer to:
ornament in German: Ornament
ornament in Spanish: Ornamento
ornament in French: Ornement
ornament in Italian: Ornamento
ornament in Dutch: Versiering (muziek)
ornament in Polish: Ornament
ornament in Romanian: Ornament (dezambiguizare)
ornament in Russian: Орнамент
ornament in Swedish: Ornament

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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