Definition of ornamentation in US English:

ornamentation

noun

  • 1Things added to something to provide decoration.

    ‘a baroque chandelier with plasterwork ornamentation’
    • ‘Georgian homes are similar to Colonials, but feature richer details and ornamentation.’
    • ‘It was a ceremony of high Catholic ritual and ornamentation with the full finery of the Church hierarchy on display.’
    • ‘The company has a service center for applying studs, stones and decorative ornamentation in Mexico.’
    • ‘The ornamentation included stone work, sequins and beads.’
    • ‘It is a form of ornamentation that mixes elements of Christianity with ropes, shells, and other aquatic imagery, reflecting the nation's seafaring past.’
    • ‘In general, he left little room for the addition of more than the simplest graces, preferring to write out intricate Italian-style ornamentation.’
    • ‘Once found, all the details had to be recorded on a four-page form, detailing location, inscriptions, ornamentation, the history and condition of the memorial.’
    • ‘Gesso is a fortified plaster compound used for ornamentation applied to the chimneypiece with a glue.’
    • ‘She also adds lines of ornamentation to enhance the colors.’
    • ‘The display of status through clothing and ornamentation appears to be a universal phenomenon.’
    • ‘A very simple fortress-castle, with high stone walls and no ornamentation.’
    • ‘Clothing and ornamentation serve an important function in the Apocalypse.’
    • ‘The ornamentation of women's clothing was especially widespread and continues to be important.’
    • ‘This comparison reveals how the symbolism in eastern jewellery and ornamentation shares strong similarities with that of African ethnic pieces.’
    • ‘Angkor Vat's new emphasis on ornamentation is seen in the decorative carving of the serpent's heads and the finely incised headdress of the Buddha.’
    • ‘One of the various styles of scrolls is the basic ornamentation on most engraving patterns and must be done properly for a first-class job.’
    • ‘In secular society, vanity is most readily identified with the sin of pride in bodily appearance, manifesting in luxurious garb and flamboyant ornamentation.’
    • ‘This period ushered in the flowering of so-called grotesque ornamentation, where erotic hybrids abounded in uninhibited decorative fantasies.’
    • ‘The materials are simple but luxurious: instead of ornamentation, anathema to the Modernists, there is great richness.’
    • ‘Slaves were also important in the skilled trades connected with clothing and personal ornamentation.’
    decoration, adornment, embellishment, ornament, finery, frippery, frills, trimmings, accessories, embroidery, garnishing, garnishment, gingerbread
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    1. 1.1 The action of decorating something or making it more elaborate.
      ‘the rhetorical ornamentation of text’
      • ‘Bad rhetoric is all about the metaphor, ornamentation etc without the logic or concern for truth.’
      • ‘Although Isabella's speech may lack the ‘double vigour’ of ornamentation, his own rhetoric is no longer plain and severe.’
      • ‘Apart from being a means of ornamentation, it has great cultural and religious significance, with certain jewels worn only on specific occasions.’
      • ‘Textile ornamentation was very elaborate according to archaeological findings.’
      • ‘Here, Wells makes a dual proposition: ornamentation is the fun part of both art and nature.’
      • ‘Though Henry had expressed a distaste for elaborate ornamentation, much embellishment was added over the years.’
      • ‘Putting too much emphasis on ornamentation can only weaken the charm of both music and artist.’
      • ‘Bensusan can generate real excitement and drama with his solo work through intriguing melodies, rich ornamentation, and sheer dextrous intrepidity.’
      • ‘The art of ornamentation may be said to have been at its zenith between the 16th and 19th centuries, when it was regarded as essential to virtuoso technique.’

Pronunciation

ornamentation

/ˌɔrnəmɛnˈteɪʃ(ə)n//ˌôrnəmenˈtāSH(ə)n/