ornate

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin ornatus, past participle of ornare (to equip, adorn).

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ornate (comparative more ornate, superlative most ornate)

  1. Elaborately ornamented, often to excess.
    • 1907, Robert Chambers, chapter 5, The Younger Set[1]:
      The house of Ruthven was a small but ultra-modern limestone affair, between Madison and Fifth ; … As a matter of fact its narrow ornate façade presented not a single quiet space that the eyes might rest on after a tiring attempt to follow and codify the arabesques, foliations, and intricate vermiculations of what some disrespectfully dubbed as “near-aissance.”
  2. Flashy, flowery or showy
  3. Finely finished, as a style of composition.
    • Milton
      a graceful and ornate rhetoric

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ornate (third-person singular simple present ornates, present participle ornating, simple past and past participle ornated)

  1. (obsolete) To adorn; to honour.
    They may ornate and sanctify the name of God. — Latimer.

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Verb[edit]

ornate

  1. second-person plural present indicative of ornare
  2. second-person plural imperative of ornare
  3. feminine plural of ornato

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Participle[edit]

ōrnāte

  1. vocative masculine singular of ōrnātus