One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Ornament, adornment, decoration; embellishment, finery.
Late 15th century; earliest use found in Asneth. From Middle French ornature ornament, ornamentation and its etymon post-classical Latin ornatura (Vetus Latina) from classical Latin ōrnāt-, past participial stem of ōrnāre + -ūra.
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