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a. The act or process of decorating, adorning, or embellishing.
b. The state of being decorated, adorned, or embellished.
2. Something that decorates or adorns; an embellishment.
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(ˌɔr nə mɛnˈteɪ ʃən, -mən-)

1. the act of ornamenting.
2. the state of being ornamented.
3. something with which a thing is ornamented.
4. ornaments collectively.
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See also art.

1. the technique of transferring pictures and other designs onto glass, wood, china etc, using specially prepared paper pieces.
2. the picture so created. Also called decal.
1. the art or technique of cutting out pictures or designs from paper or other material and applying them to a surface.
2. the work produced.
the ornamenting of the edge of a coin with grooves or other indentations or reliëfs as a deterrent to clipping.
1. decoration with festoons, strings of flowers, ribbons, etc, looped in curves between two points
2. festoons collectively.
1. the process of decorating with a fringe.
2. such decoration.
1. the process of decorating manuscripts with illustrations, as in the capitals, tracery, etc.
2. the decoration itself.
a form or method of decoration, dating from the Renaissance, consisting of inlaid, mosaiclike patterns, especially of wood.
a form of decoration, often used in furniture-making, composed of inlays of wood veneers of different colors.
1. an artist who specializes in ornamentation.
2. a person whose work is considered to be ornament rather than art.
mosaic work in wood, a form of marquetry, used mostly for floors and wainscoting.
arrangement in the form of a network, as for decoration. — reticulate, adj.
decoration composed of multi-colored, small tiles, as found in a mosaic.
ornamental work, composed of fine, interlaced ribbing or the like, used in windows, sereens, etc.
ornamentation resembling worm-holes or worm-tracks, as is found in mosaic pavements and rusticated masonry. See also motion; worms
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.ornamentation - the state of being ornamentedornamentation - the state of being ornamented  
state - the way something is with respect to its main attributes; "the current state of knowledge"; "his state of health"; "in a weak financial state"
2.ornamentation - something used to beautifyornamentation - something used to beautify    
artefact, artifact - a man-made object taken as a whole
adornment - a decoration of color or interest that is added to relieve plainness
arabesque - an ornament that interlaces simulated foliage in an intricate design
architectural ornament - (architecture) something added to a building to improve its appearance
beading, beadwork - ornamentation with beads
bow - a decorative interlacing of ribbons
brass - an ornament or utensil made of brass
centerpiece, centrepiece - something placed at the center of something else (as on a table)
Christmas tree - an ornamented evergreen used as a Christmas decoration
cockade - an ornament (such as a knot of ribbon or a rosette) usually worn on the hat
pattern, design, figure - a decorative or artistic work; "the coach had a design on the doors"
embellishment - a superfluous ornament
finial - an ornament at the top of a spire or gable; usually a foliated fleur-de-lis
floral arrangement, flower arrangement - a decorative arrangement of flowers
gimcrack, gimcrackery, falderol, folderal, nonsense, trumpery, frill - ornamental objects of no great value
gargoyle - an ornament consisting of a grotesquely carved figure of a person or animal
garnish - any decoration added as a trimming or adornment
graffiti, graffito - a rude decoration inscribed on rocks or walls
hanging, wall hanging - decoration that is hung (as a tapestry) on a wall or over a window; "the cold castle walls were covered with hangings"
hood ornament - an ornament on the front of the hood of a car emblematic of the manufacturer
encrustation, incrustation - a decorative coating of contrasting material that is applied to a surface as an inlay or overlay
inlay - a decoration made by fitting pieces of wood into prepared slots in a surface
decor, interior decoration - decoration consisting of the layout and furnishings of a livable interior
pommel, knob - an ornament in the shape of a ball on the hilt of a sword or dagger
lunula - a crescent-shaped metal ornament of the Bronze Age
moulding, molding - a decorative strip used for ornamentation or finishing
nailhead - something resembling the head of a nail that is used as an ornamental device
necklet - decoration worn about the neck (fur piece or tight necklace) as an ornament
overlay - a layer of decorative material (such as gold leaf or wood veneer) applied over a surface
rosemaling - a Scandinavian style of carved or painted decoration (as on furniture or walls or dinnerware) consisting of floral motifs
set decoration - a decoration used as part of the set of a theatrical or movie production
sgraffito - a ceramic or mural decoration made by scratching off a surface layer to reveal the ground
volute, spiral - ornament consisting of a curve on a plane that winds around a center with an increasing distance from the center
sprig - an ornament that resembles a spray of leaves or flowers
rivet, stud - ornament consisting of a circular rounded protuberance (as on a vault or shield or belt)
fin, tail fin, tailfin - one of a pair of decorations projecting above the rear fenders of an automobile
tinsel - a showy decoration that is basically valueless; "all the tinsel of self-promotion"
tracery - decoration consisting of an open pattern of interlacing ribs
wind bell, wind chime - a decorative arrangement of pieces of metal or glass or pottery that hang together loosely so the wind can cause them to tinkle
garnish - something (such as parsley) added to a dish for flavor or decoration
3.ornamentation - the act of adding extraneous decorations to something
decoration - the act of decorating something (in the hope of making it more attractive)
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noun decoration, trimming, frills, garnishing, embroidery, enrichment, elaboration, embellishment, adornment, beautification, ornateness The decor was functional and free of ornamentation.
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تَزْيين، زَخْرَفَه
skreyting; skraut


[ˌɔːnəmenˈteɪʃən] N (= act) → ornamentación f, decoración f; (= ornaments) → adornos mpl
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[ˌɔːrnəmɛnˈteɪʃən] nornementation f
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005


(= ornamenting)Verzieren nt, → Verzierung f; (of room)Ausschmücken nt, → Ausschmückung f
(= ornamental detail)Verzierungen pl, → Zierrat m (geh); (Art, Archit) → Ornamentik f; (= ornaments: in room etc) → Schmuck m
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[ˌɔːnəmɛnˈteɪʃn] n (act) → ornamentazione f; (ornaments) → decorazione f
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(ˈoːnəmənt) noun
something decorative, intended to make a room etc more beautiful. china ornaments.
(oːnəˈment) verb
to decorate. The church was richly ornamented.
ˌornamenˈtation noun
ˌornaˈmental (-ˈmen-) adjective
used for ornament. an ornamental pool in the garden.
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References in classic literature ?
Unfortunately, a return to such simple ornamentation is impossible.
Occasionally there were bits of color, or some attempt at other architectural ornamentation. Through open windows and doors they could see that the walls of the houses were very thick and that all apertures were quite small, as though the people had built against extreme heat, which they realized must have been necessary in this valley buried deep in an African desert.
To my dismay I found that, unlike the ornamentation upon most Heliumetic structures, the edges of the carvings were quite generally rounded, so that at best my every hold was most precarious.
Passepartout, however, thinking no harm, went in like a simple tourist, and was soon lost in admiration of the splendid Brahmin ornamentation which everywhere met his eyes, when of a sudden he found himself sprawling on the sacred flagging.
The dainty and elaborate ornamentation upon its two chief fronts is as delicately carved as if it had been intended for the interior of a drawing-room rather than for the outside of a house.
Is it writing that appears on it, or is it only ornamentation? They sus- pected it was writing, because those among them who knew how to read Latin and had a smattering of Greek, recognized some of the letters, but they could make nothing out of the result as a whole.
All were mounted upon the small domestic bull thoats of the red Martians, and their trappings and ornamentation bore such a quantity of gorgeously colored feathers that I could not but be struck with the startling resemblance the concourse bore to a band of the red Indians of my own Earth.
He saw that the skin was beautiful, which appealed to his barbaric sense of ornamentation, and when it stiffened and later commenced to decompose because of his having no knowledge of how to cure or tan it was with sorrow and regret that he discarded it.
The barge was carpeted with velvet and decorated with coverings embroidered with the arms of England, and with garlands of flowers; for, at that time, ornamentation was by no means forgotten in these political pageants.
Athelny was in the middle of showing him the inside of the bargueno, with its beautiful ornamentation and secret drawers, when a tall girl, with two plaits of bright brown hair hanging down her back, came in.
The locket, too, took his fancy, and he placed the chain about his neck in imitation of the ornamentation he had seen to be so common among the black men he had visited.
All were males, and all were entirely naked; nor was there upon even the highest among them a sign of ornamentation.