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Definition of "ornament" []

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

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "ornament" in a sentence
  • "_Tooth ornament_ -- an ornament resembling a row of teeth, sometimes called dog's tooth and shark's tooth."
  • "But unlike with a laptop or an iPad, the profit margin on a Santa suit or a Christmas tree ornament is simply not that big."
  • "Sascha nibbled on another piece of chocolate as she picked up a beautiful ornament from the box on the table."