ornate


Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Encyclopedia.

or·nate

 (ôr-nāt′)
adj.
1. Elaborately, heavily, and often excessively ornamented.
2. Elaborate or showy, as in style: ornate rhetoric.

[Middle English, from Latin ōrnātus, past participle of ōrnāre, to embellish; see ar- in Indo-European roots.]

or·nate′ly adv.
or·nate′ness n.

ornate

(ɔːˈneɪt)
adj
1. heavily or elaborately decorated
2. (of style in writing) overembellished; flowery
[C15: from Latin ornāre to decorate]
orˈnately adv
orˈnateness n

or•nate

(ɔrˈneɪt)

adj.
1. elaborately adorned, often excessively or showily so.
2. rhetorically florid: ornate writing.
[1375–1425; late Middle English < Latin ornātus well-equipped]
or•nate′ly, adv.
or•nate′ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.ornate - marked by elaborate rhetoric and elaborated with decorative details; "a flowery speech"; "ornate rhetoric taught out of the rule of Plato"-John Milton
rhetorical - given to rhetoric, emphasizing style at the expense of thought; "mere rhetorical frippery"

ornate

ornate

adjective
Elaborately and heavily ornamented:
Translations
مُنَمَّق، كثير الزُّخْرُفَه
íburîarmikill
įmantrumaspuošniaipuošnumaspuošnus
bagātīgi rotāts, krāšņs
vyzdobený
süslü püslü

ornate

[ɔːˈneɪt] ADJ [decor] → ornamentado; [building, ceiling, vase, architectural style] → ornamentado, ricamente decorado; [written style, language] → florido, recargado (pej)
the room is too ornate for my tastela habitación está demasiado recargada para mi gusto

ornate

[ɔːrˈneɪt] adjtrès orné(e)

ornate

adjkunstvoll; (of larger objects)prunkvoll; decorationaufwendig, aufwändig; musicornamentreich; descriptionreich ausgeschmückt, umständlich (pej); language, styleumständlich (pej), → überladen (pej), → reich

ornate

[ɔːˈneɪt] adj (decor) → ricco/a; (style in writing) → ornato/a

ornate

(oːˈneit) adjective
with a lot of ornament. an ornate doorway.
orˈnately adverb
orˈnateness noun
References in classic literature ?
I thought it was Shea returning to speak with me on some matter of tomorrow's work; but when I raised my eyes to the doorway that connects the two rooms I saw framed there the figure of a bronzed giant, his otherwise naked body trapped with a jewel-encrusted harness from which there hung at one side an ornate short-sword and at the other a pistol of strange pattern.
He would willingly have made the service more ornate than had been usual in the low-church parish of Blackstable, and in his secret soul he yearned for processions and lighted candles.
He was ornate and disturbing, for one could not imagine what depth of horrible void such an elaborate front could be worthy to hide.
We made a most imposing and awe-inspiring spectacle as we strung out across the yellow landscape; the two hundred and fifty ornate and brightly colored chariots, preceded by an advance guard of some two hundred mounted warriors and chieftains riding five abreast and one hundred yards apart, and followed by a like number in the same formation, with a score or more of flankers on either side; the fifty extra mastodons, or heavy draught animals, known as zitidars, and the five or six hundred extra thoats of the warriors running loose within the hollow square formed by the surrounding warriors.
Almost before her misgiving at the news could find time to shape itself she took, under her companion's direction, two of the most beautiful of the Hamburghs in her arms, and followed the maid-servant, who had likewise taken two, to the adjacent mansion, which, though ornate and imposing, showed traces everywhere on this side that some occupant of its chambers could bend to the love of dumb creatures--feathers floating within view of the front, and hen-coops standing on the grass.
The pageant of the wild flowers vanished until all that lingered on the burnt hillsides were orange poppies faded to palest gold, and Mariposa lilies, wind-blown on slender stems amidst the desiccated grasses, that smouldered like ornate spotted moths fluttering in rest for a space between flight and flight.
He went home, and feeling rather tired--nursing a vengeance was, it must be confessed, a rather fatiguing process; it took a good deal out of one--flung himself into one of his brocaded fauteuils, stretched his legs, thrust his hands into his pockets, and, while he watched the reflected sunset fading from the ornate house-tops on the opposite side of the Boulevard, began mentally to compose a cool epistle to Madame de Bellegarde.
They make bunches of flowers, from flakes and wires of silver, that counterfeit the delicate creations the frost weaves upon a windowpane; and we were shown a miniature silver temple whose fluted columns, whose Corinthian capitals and rich entablatures, whose spire, statues, bells, and ornate lavishness of sculpture were wrought in polished silver, and with such matchless art that every detail was a fascinating study and the finished edifice a wonder of beauty.
In one place he calls Chaucer "The worshipful father and first founder and embellisher of ornate eloquence in our English.
On the left side also is the ample fireplace, surmounted by its marble mantelpiece, carved in the profusely and confusedly ornate style of eighty years since.
One of the flats in the ornate block opposite had been taken furnished by the Wilcox family, "coming up, no doubt, in the hope of getting into London society.
The ornate lady you were dancing with at the restaurant?