A Word A Day : Ornate

Wednesday, 16th April 2008 : Today's Word is ...


( Adjective )

Pronunciation : awr-náyt


1. having elaborate or excessive decoration

2. using or consisting of elaborate language, especially language that is designed to impress with its complexity or literary quality

3. elaborately, heavily and often excessively ornamented

4. marked by elaborate rhetoric and elaborated with decorative details


Early 16th century - Latin ornatus, past participle of ornare - equip


baroque, flamboyant, florid, rococo, decorative, overelaborate, sumptuous, lavish, elaborate, rich, ornamental, opulent, high-flown, flowery, wordy, verbose, elaborate, complex, metaphorical, highly wrought, complicated, overelaborate


plain, simple, unadorned

Contextual Examples:

• They bought an ornate Louis XIV sofa.

• He is well known for his ornate style of writing.

• As they removed the last of the dirt from the ornate box, they paused in wonder and trepidation at what might lie within.

• He would willingly have made the service more ornate than had been usual in the low-church parish of Blackstable and in his secret soul he yearned for processions and lighted candles.

Related Words:

ornateness : Noun

ornately : Adverb

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