Definition of adornment in English:



  • 1A thing which adorns or decorates; an ornament.

    ‘the necktie is no longer a necessary male adornment’
    • ‘Her house truck with its zany adornments can be quickly converted to fit in with our image of a gypsy fortune teller's tent.’
    • ‘As the torch was applied to the base of the pyre, men in the surrounding crowd cast their adornments into the flames.’
    • ‘Earrings have always been included in the category of body adornment.’
    • ‘Neck adornments have been worn since ancient times to signify title or wealth or even just to sop up sweat.’
    • ‘Except the tattooing both sexes are remarkable for their almost entire absence of any marked adornment or ornament of person.’
    • ‘Have students create a contemporary commemorative sculpture with the accoutrements and adornments appropriate for today.’
    • ‘He holds up a mask of an African-American with no adornments at all on it.’
    • ‘They produce quantities of small adornments of hammered sheet gold, including spiral ear and twisted nose ornaments.’
    • ‘We find a similar adornment in Israel where a crimson thread was bound around the horns of the goat, the least valuable of the domestic animals.’
    • ‘Cloth and feather adornments were painted bright red (with small touches of yellow) to bracket the people's nakedness, and to expose their bodies more fully.’
    • ‘Necklaces are worn now for a variety of reasons not the least of which personal adornment.’
    • ‘The father immediately took off his necklaces, his soft fine garments and his other adornments and put on clothes that were ragged and soiled.’
    • ‘Around her throat a simple gold chain was her only adornment.’
    • ‘These are the many jewellery makers who turn gold into beautifully crafted adornments.’
    • ‘The adornments are severe and simple, but beautifully moulded and always in exquisite taste.’
    • ‘Some of the fans claim to have had their cars keyed or received verbal abuse for having Steeler adornments on their vehicles.’
    • ‘Presenters approached the theme from several distinct positions, creating multilayered biographies of African body adornments.’
    • ‘I shall wager she has already observed my abandonment of an adornment generally considered requisite.’
    • ‘This may explain why our painter is careful to show Athena as about to bedeck Pandora with a characteristically feminine adornment, a fancy necklace.’
    • ‘His less visible piercing, called a hasada, is also a visual adornment.’
    embellishment, embellishing, decorating, decoration, ornamentation, ornament, enhancement, enhancing
    beautification, beatifying, prettification, prettifying, dressing up, trimming, emblazoning, elaboration, enrichment, garnishing, gilding
    frills, accessories, trimmings, finishing touches
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    1. 1.1[mass noun]The action of adorning something.
      ‘precious stones have been used for the purposes of adornment for over 7,000 years’
      • ‘There are useful and ornamental goods suited for any kind of presentation, or for personal adornment, or household use.’
      • ‘Throughout history, Africans have imported glass beads and used them for adornment and elaborate beadwork.’
      • ‘People who need the adornments of authority to testify to their importance are soon forgotten.’
      • ‘Of course, some flowers are used for personal adornment, both the blossoms themselves and their essences in the form of perfumes.’
      • ‘A golden age Gold jewellery is the predominant commercial outlet for gold sales and personal adornment using gold has been a feature of most societies since ancient times.’
      • ‘Like all human societies, adornment was a marker of status, and in European societies, adornment often meant adornment of clothing.’
      • ‘Stages of entry into the cult may be marked by transformations of the body or its adornment.’
      • ‘The arts, including song, dance, music, sculpture, and bodily adornment, are essential elements of Kongo "therapeutic" practices, not merely adjuncts.’
      • ‘Those women who have to go out to earn for their families cannot afford adornment.’
      • ‘Nor was the adornment of the person altogether overlooked.’
      • ‘Laboriously, he strung them on a thread and hung them round his neck by way of adornment.’
      • ‘There is evidence that the descendants of Native Americans in prehistoric times used beads as adornment in jewelry as well as a way to trade.’
      • ‘They were first made in Egypt as early as 4000 BC and were essential adornments for both the living and the dead.’
      • ‘From the late 15 th century etching came into widespread use as a means of adornment, mainly on pieces of armour.’
      • ‘On paper, the Arc seemed like a reasonable adornment for public space in the bureaucratic eyes that authorized its creation.’
      • ‘Many African peoples use beads as distinctive elements of personal clothing and adornment.’
      • ‘This was considered very sensuous at the time, as filth and animal feces were considered adornments, like sexy lingerie is to modern women.’
      • ‘The completed building is a towering rectangular block with almost no decoration, an austere statement and bold break away from the traditional methods of architectural adornment.’
      • ‘The impulse for personal adornment is hard to stamp out.’
      • ‘They wear ornaments of human bone, which remind us of death, impermanence and renunciation, and as adornment, they wear ashes from cremation grounds.’