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 Dictionary entry overview: What does ornamentation mean? 

  The noun ORNAMENTATION has 3 senses:

1. the state of being ornamented
2. something used to beautify
3. the act of adding extraneous decorations to something

  Familiarity information: ORNAMENTATION used as a noun is uncommon.

 Dictionary entry details 


Sense 1ornamentation [BACK TO TOP]


The state of being ornamented

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Hypernyms ("ornamentation" is a kind of...):

state (the way something is with respect to its main attributes)

Sense 2ornamentation [BACK TO TOP]


Something used to beautify

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects


decoration; ornament; ornamentation

Hypernyms ("ornamentation" is a kind of...):

artefact; artifact (a man-made object taken as a whole)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "ornamentation"):

adornment (a decoration of color or interest that is added to relieve plainness)

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)

knob; pommel (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)

molding; moulding (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)

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)

spiral; volute (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)

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)

encrustation; incrustation (a decorative coating of contrasting material that is applied to a surface as an inlay or overlay)

hood ornament (an ornament on the front of the hood of a car emblematic of the manufacturer)

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)

design; figure; pattern (a decorative or artistic work)

embellishment (a superfluous ornament)

finial (an ornament at the top of a spire or gable; usually a foliated fleur-de-lis)

flower arrangement (a decorative arrangement of flowers)

falderol; folderal; frill; gimcrack; gimcrackery; nonsense; trumpery (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)

garnish (something (such as parsley) added to a dish for flavor or decoration)

Sense 3ornamentation [BACK TO TOP]


The act of adding extraneous decorations to something

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions


embellishment; ornamentation

Hypernyms ("ornamentation" is a kind of...):

decoration (the act of decorating something (in the hope of making it more attractive))

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