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definition of the word ornament

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< Middle English ornament < Old French ornement < Latin ornamentum (equipment, apparatus, furniture, trappings, adornment, embellishment) < ornare (to equip, adorn).



ornament (plural ornaments)

  1. An element of decoration.
    • 1919: P. G. Wodehouse, My Man Jeeves
      ...I'm a bit short on brain myself; the old bean would appear to have been constructed more for ornament than for use
  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.

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