An ornament is a decoration. You can also ornament something by making it more beautiful or festive.

The most common use of ornament is probably in Christmas ornaments, which decorate a tree. Similarly, any ornament makes something prettier, flashier, or more festive. When you ornament something, you're beautifying, embellishing, or adorning it. Women ornament themselves with makeup. Men ornament themselves with face paint at football games. People ornament their offices with pictures of their families. Different cultures have their own ways of ornamenting themselves and their homes. If something looks boring, why not ornament it?

Definitions of ornament

n something used to beautify

decoration, ornamentation
Great Seal of the United States
the seal of the United States government
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a decoration of color or interest that is added to relieve plainness
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
a decorative interlacing of ribbons
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
an ornament (such as a knot of ribbon or a rosette) usually worn on the hat
design, figure, pattern
a decorative or artistic work
a superfluous ornament
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
falderol, folderal, frill, gimcrack, gimcrackery, nonsense, trumpery
ornamental objects of no great value
an ornament consisting of a grotesquely carved figure of a person or animal
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
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
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
a crescent-shaped metal ornament of the Bronze Age
molding, moulding
a decorative strip used for ornamentation or finishing
something resembling the head of a nail that is used as an ornamental device
decoration worn about the neck (fur piece or tight necklace) as an ornament
a layer of decorative material (such as gold leaf or wood veneer) applied over a surface
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
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
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
a showy decoration that is basically valueless
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
something (such as parsley) added to a dish for flavor or decoration
annulet, bandelet, bandelette, bandlet, square and rabbet
molding in the form of a ring; at top of a column
carved ornament at the eaves of a tile roof concealing the joints between tiles
the molding around a door or window
argyle, argyll
a design consisting of a pattern of varicolored diamonds on a solid background (originally for knitted articles); patterned after the tartan of a clan in western Scotland
band, banding, stripe
an adornment consisting of a strip of a contrasting color or material
bangle, bauble, fallal, gaud, gewgaw, novelty, trinket
cheap showy jewelry or ornament on clothing
baseboard, mopboard, skirting board
a molding covering the joint formed by a wall and the floor
astragal, bead, beading, beadwork
a beaded molding for edging or decorating furniture
bear claw
an incised design resembling the claw of a bear; used in Native American pottery
beauty spot
a spot that is worn on a lady's face for adornment
boule, boulle, buhl
an inlaid furniture decoration; tortoiseshell and yellow and white metal form scrolls in cabinetwork
bouquet, corsage, nosegay, posy
an arrangement of flowers that is usually given as a present
a flower that is worn in a buttonhole
a concave molding shaped like a quarter circle in cross section
decorated metal band worn around the head
conge, congee
(architecture) a concave molding
adornment consisting of an ornamental ribbon or cord
a molding at the corner between the ceiling and the top of a wall
an architectural ornament of curved foliage used at the edge of a spire or gable
a decoration using cusps
cyma, cymatium
(architecture) a molding for a cornice; in profile it is shaped like an S (partly concave and partly convex)
a design produced by inlaying gold or silver into steel
decal, decalcomania
either a design that is fixed to some surface or a paper bearing the design which is to be transferred to the surface
any ornamental pattern or design (as in embroidery)
a carved pyramidal ornament; used in 13th century England
dossal, dossel
an ornamental hanging of rich fabric hung behind the altar of a church or at the sides of a chancel
egg-and-anchor, egg-and-dart, egg-and-tongue
a decorative molding; a series of egg-shaped figures alternating with another shape
special design or visual object representing a quality, type, group, etc.
epaulet, epaulette
adornment consisting of an ornamental cloth pad worn on the shoulder
a large table centerpiece with branching holders for fruit or sweets or flowers
fan tracery
the carved tracery on fan vaulting
an embellishment consisting of a decorative representation of a string of flowers suspended between two points; used on pottery or in architectural work
filagree, filigree, fillagree
delicate and intricate ornamentation (usually in gold or silver or other fine twisted wire)
flower chain
flowers strung together in a chain
an adornment that hangs from a watch chain
foliage, foliation
(architecture) leaf-like architectural ornament
Greek fret, Greek key, fret, key pattern
an ornamental pattern consisting of repeated vertical and horizontal lines (often in relief)
an architectural ornament consisting of a horizontal sculptured band between the architrave and the cornice
flounce, frill, furbelow, ruffle
a strip of pleated material used as a decoration or a trim
a decorative loop of braid or cord
frontal, frontlet
an adornment worn on the forehead
gorgerin, necking
the molding at the top of a column
an architectural decoration formed by two intersecting wavy bands
herringbone, herringbone pattern
a pattern of columns of short parallel lines with all the lines in one column sloping one way and lines in adjacent columns sloping the other way; it is used in weaving, masonry, parquetry, embroidery
jewellery, jewelry
an adornment (as a bracelet or ring or necklace) made of precious metals and set with gems (or imitation gems)
a Japanese (paper or silk) wall hanging; usually narrow with a picture or writing on it and a roller at the bottom
short and decorative hanging for a shelf edge or top of a window casing
a design carved in relief into a block of linoleum
any of various geometric designs (usually circular) symbolizing the universe; used chiefly in Hinduism and Buddhism as an aid to meditation
marqueterie, marquetry
inlaid veneers are fitted together to form a design or picture that is then used to ornament furniture
(Islam) a design in the shape of niche in a Muslim prayer rug; during worship the niche must be pointed toward Mecca
motif, motive
a design or figure that consists of recurring shapes or colors, as in architecture or decoration
ovolo, quarter round, thumb
a convex molding having a cross section in the form of a quarter of a circle or of an ellipse
parqueterie, parquetry
a patterned wood inlay used to cover a floor
pectoral, pectoral medallion
an adornment worn on the chest or breast
pendant, pendent
an adornment that hangs from a piece of jewelry (necklace or earring)
a feather or cluster of feathers worn as an ornament
polka dot
design consisting of a pattern of regularly spaced circular spots
pom-pom, pompon
decoration consisting of a ball of tufted wool or silk; usually worn on a hat
a design produced by pyrography
quirk molding, quirk moulding
a molding having a small groove in it
a projecting molding on the underside of a vault or ceiling; may be ornamental or structural
an ornament or pattern resembling a rose that is worn as a badge of office or as recognition of having won an honor
screen saver
(computer science) a moving design that appears on a computer screen when there has been no input for a specified period of time
diamante, sequin, spangle
adornment consisting of a small piece of shiny material used to decorate clothing
flower arrangement consisting of a single branch or shoot bearing flowers and foliage
the lowest molding of an architectural base or of a baseboard
a design consisting of a central disk resembling the sun and rays emanating from it
the molding or border above the base of a structure (a pedestal or podium or wall)
arras, tapestry
a wall hanging of heavy handwoven fabric with pictorial designs
adornment consisting of a bunch of cords fastened at one end
a design on the skin made by tattooing
tetraskele, tetraskelion
a figure consisting of four stylized human arms or legs (or bent lines) radiating from a center
tore, torus
commonly the lowest molding at the base of a column
an architectural ornament in the form of three arcs arranged in a circle
passementerie, trim, trimming
a decoration or adornment on a garment
triskele, triskelion
a figure consisting of three stylized human arms or legs (or three bent lines) radiating from a center
a decoration consisting of wormlike carvings
war paint
adornment consisting of paint applied to the face and body of certain Amerindians before a battle
pattern of weaving or structure of a fabric
chaplet, coronal, garland, lei, wreath
flower arrangement consisting of a circular band of foliage or flowers for ornamental purposes
a pattern of marks
an ornamental embellishment in writing
a flavorful addition on top of a dish
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artefact, artifact
a man-made object taken as a whole

v make more attractive by adding ornament, colour, etc.

adorn, beautify, decorate, embellish, grace
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decorate or deck with wreaths
beset, encrust, incrust
decorate or cover lavishly (as with gems)
decorate with braids or ribbons
broider, embroider
decorate with needlework
cover and decorate with objects that pierce the surface
supply with illustrations
adorn with bands of flowers or leaves
fledge, flight
decorate with feathers
bespangle, spangle
decorate with spangles
decorate with leaves
decorate with flags
bard, barde, caparison, dress up
put a caparison on
decorate by sewing beads onto
trim with piping
sew on as a decoration
gild the lily, paint the lily
adorn unnecessarily (something that is already beautiful)
decorate with wavy or winding lines
embellish by sewing in straight lines crossing each other diagonally
decorate or furnish with something suspended
dress or decorate showily or gaudily
adorn with tinsel
tart up
decorate in a cheap and flashy way
decorate with stucco work
redo the decoration of an apartment or house
decorate with panels
bejewel, jewel
adorn or decorate with precious stones
filet, fillet
decorate with a lace of geometric designs
decorate an edge with scallops
decorate tastelessly
dress ship
decorate a ship with flags
dress, garnish, trim
decorate (food), as with parsley or other ornamental foods
decorate, as with ornaments
bedeck, bedight, deck
decorate with strings of flowers
coat, inlay, or surface with enamel
decorate the surface of by inserting wood, stone, and metal
coat with lacquer
begild, engild, gild
decorate with, or as if with, gold leaf or liquid gold
add embellishments and paintings to (medieval manuscripts)
blazon, emblazon
decorate with heraldic arms
color, colour, emblazon
decorate with colors
adorn with a fringe
decorate with an interlaced design
embellish with plants
faggot, fagot
ornament or join (fabric) by faggot stitch
embroider with gold or silver thread
edge or border with gold or silver embroidery
deck with a plume
inlay with narrow strips or lines of a different substance such as gold or silver, for the purpose of decorating
inlay metal with gold and silver
coat with a lacquer, as done in Japan
miniate, rubricate
decorate (manuscripts) with letters painted red
paint with red lead or vermilion
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alter, change, modify
cause to change; make different; cause a transformation

v be an ornament to

“stars ornamented the Christmas tree”
adorn, beautify, decorate, embellish, grace
make more attractive by adding ornament, colour, etc.
Type of:
adorn, beautify, deck, decorate, embellish, grace
be beautiful to look at