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1. Something that decorates or adorns; an embellishment.
2. A person considered as a source of pride, honor, or credit: a singer who is an ornament to the world of opera.
3. Music A note or group of notes that embellishes a melody.
tr.v. (-mĕnt′) or·na·ment·ed, or·na·ment·ing, or·na·ments
1. To furnish with ornaments: ornamented the windows with hanging plants.
2. To be an ornament to: "The babies ornament her ankles, dangle from her pant legs" (Carolyn Chute).

[Middle English ournement, from Old French ornement, from Latin ōrnāmentum, from ōrnāre, to adorn; see ar- in Indo-European roots.]

or′na·ment′er n.
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(ˌɔːnəˈmɛntə) or


a person who adorns or decorates
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Some of the ornamenters worked in such a way that the principal notes of Corelli's melody are still readily perceptible, no matter how many fast, light notes may intervene; other ornamenters have nearly smothered Corelli's melodies, although the structural notes can usually still be spotted.