Definition of ornamental in English:

ornamental

adjective

  • Serving or intended as an ornament; decorative.

    ‘an ornamental fountain’
    • ‘There were sunken gardens and ornamental ponds, rose pergolas and formal hedges.’
    • ‘The garden was originally laid out in the 1740s as an ornamental flower and fruit garden.’
    • ‘The estate includes a 17th century deer park with a herd of fallow deer, and ornamental gardens.’
    • ‘The well-maintained gardens contain ornamental areas and a productive fruit and vegetable plot.’
    • ‘They are either painted or executed in pen and limited to the area of ornamental decoration.’
    • ‘After much soul-searching, she scattered his remains in a huge ornamental urn in the gardens of her Didsbury home.’
    • ‘All but tansy have grey leaves, which makes them useful accents in ornamental gardens.’
    • ‘Books, postcards, ornamental and decorative pieces, curiosities and some plain junk.’
    • ‘She held up a very pretty medium-sized ornamental fan with a wood handle and wood blades.’
    • ‘Their walk had led them to a large ornamental fountain, and Fenikkusu sat upon its lip.’
    • ‘Precious stones of every hue sparkled and flashed from ornamental designs in brass, copper, silver and gold.’
    • ‘Remove weeds from ornamental borders and top-up decorative mulches’
    • ‘There are numerous rambling barns and outhouses, and the gardens and two ornamental lakes are exquisite.’
    • ‘It is an eight-storeyed structure with outer walls of ornamental stone work similar to the Vidhana Soudha facade.’
    • ‘Customs officers have seized two ornamental swords - Chinese and Japanese.’
    • ‘The plan is to restore the principal garden features including the lost lake, the massive dam wall and the ornamental fruit and flower garden.’
    • ‘My favourite feature here, however, was a set of ornamental toilet bowls decorated with blue-ink drawings.’
    • ‘These may have been ornamental porcelains intended to be used as table decorations.’
    • ‘A garden created to form rockeries with flower beds, lawn, large ornamental pond, fountain and woodland paths.’
    • ‘The ornamental decoration of Spanish Hebrew Bibles is only one of the many echoes of this interaction.’
    decorative, fancy, ornate, attractive, pretty, artistic, ornamented, showy, gingerbread, for show, non-functional
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noun

  • A plant grown for its attractive appearance.

    • ‘Reaching for the skies with perennials, vines, ornamentals, and trees is one way of bringing new levels to your landscape.’
    • ‘Nut- or berry-bearing autumn ornamentals can draw the animals' attention from other garden plants.’
    • ‘Although grasses lack the large and colorful flowers of many ornamentals, their beauty is found in their foliage textures, colors, and forms.’
    • ‘Large shrubs and trees generally can survive a large infestation, but crop plants and ornamentals don't always fare so well.’
    • ‘There are now at least four different types of ‘catnip ‘grown as ornamentals.’’
    • ‘We also grow herbs, perennials, shrubs and ornamentals without using toxins.’
    • ‘This is not the year to plant ornamentals and annual flowers.’
    • ‘The first recorded outbreak on the mainland of BC occurred in 1938 when native lodgepole pine planted as ornamentals in Vancouver were attacked.’
    • ‘She did a little gardening, mostly ornamentals and container plants.’
    • ‘The long tubular flowers look great with many ornamentals but are especially attractive near green-and-white hostas and dark daylilies.’
    • ‘Scale insects enjoy perennial plants and can devastate nut and fruit trees, greenhouse plants, forest vegetation, woody ornamentals, and house plants.’
    • ‘In addition to attacking corn, this insect attacks over 100 other species of plants, including ornamentals, broadleaf weeds and grasses.’
    • ‘They feed on the roots of a wide variety of plants including cool season grasses, weeds, woody ornamentals and other ornamental plants.’
    • ‘Both ornamentals and vegetables are grown hydroponically in greenhouses.’
    • ‘She uses the leaves of rhubarb (Rheum spp.) to make a general pesticide for ornamentals.’
    • ‘These growth-regulating hormones were tested on ornamentals as well as grains, vegetables and fruit crops with varying improved results.’
    • ‘However, they are not likely to work for some of the more refined varieties of deciduous ornamentals like Weeping Cherries or other ornamental trees.’
    • ‘Fertilize ornamentals and trees with a compost mulch.’
    • ‘However, even in sparse numbers, butterfly caterpillars can damage ornamentals or food plants.’
    • ‘If planting them among other landscape ornamentals, locate them well away from tall-growing shrubs or perennials.’

Pronunciation:

ornamental

/ɔːnəˈmɛnt(ə)l/