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Definition of "ornamental" []

  • Of, relating to, or serving as an ornament or decoration. (adjective)
  • Something that serves as ornamentation, especially a plant grown for its beauty. (noun)

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 "ornamental" in a sentence
  • "The project, organized by a company called GEOS, will specialize in ornamental plants and cut flowers."
  • "There, too, the turbulence and flow of capitalism is treated in ornamental poetry which exploits it in different ways, hyperbolically overdeveloping it like Keats in The Eve of St Agnes or showing its contiguity with sensations of contagion, corruption and violence, as in anti-slavery poetry."
  • "The neatness and completeness of everything; the due allowance of trees dispersed in ornamental fashion; nature so thoroughly tamed and domesticated; the picturesque railway stations, and a certain moist softness in the air."