An adornment is some ornament or accent that makes a person or thing look more attractive. You might check out your hair in the mirror before a party and decide it needs an adornment — a hat or a glittery barrette.

Tinsel draped on a Christmas tree is an adornment, and so are the fuzzy dice hanging on your car's rear view mirror. Lipstick is an adornment, and so is a polka dotted bow tie, since they both dress a person up a little bit. Another way to use adornment is to mean the act or process of decorating: "The adornment of the high school gym had transformed it into a winter wonderland." The Latin root is adornare, "equip or embellish."

Definitions of adornment

n the action of decorating yourself with something colorful and interesting

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

n a decoration of color or interest that is added to relieve plainness

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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
beauty spot
a spot that is worn on a lady's face for adornment
a flower that is worn in a buttonhole
decorated metal band worn around the head
adornment consisting of an ornamental ribbon or cord
epaulet, epaulette
adornment consisting of an ornamental cloth pad worn on the shoulder
an adornment that hangs from a watch chain
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
jewellery, jewelry
an adornment (as a bracelet or ring or necklace) made of precious metals and set with gems (or imitation gems)
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
pom-pom, pompon
decoration consisting of a ball of tufted wool or silk; usually worn on a hat
an ornament or pattern resembling a rose that is worn as a badge of office or as recognition of having won an honor
diamante, sequin, spangle
adornment consisting of a small piece of shiny material used to decorate clothing
adornment consisting of a bunch of cords fastened at one end
passementerie, trim, trimming
a decoration or adornment on a garment
war paint
adornment consisting of paint applied to the face and body of certain Amerindians before a battle
aigret, aigrette
a long plume (especially one of egret feathers) worn on a hat or a piece of jewelry in the shape of a plume
a small ball with a hole through the middle
a small and delicately worked piece
bling, bling bling
flashy, ostentatious jewelry
bangle, bracelet
jewelry worn around the wrist for decoration
braid, braiding, gold braid
trimming used to decorate clothes or curtains
cigar band
a narrow paper band around a cigar
an article of jewelry that can be clipped onto a hat or dress
jewelry consisting of one of a pair of linked buttons used to fasten the cuffs of a shirt
jewelry to ornament the ear; usually clipped to the earlobe or fastened through a hole in the lobe
gauffer, goffer
an ornamental frill made by pressing pleats
a band around the crown of a hat just above the brim
a ruffle on the front of a woman's blouse or a man's shirt
gem, jewel, precious stone
a precious or semiprecious stone incorporated into a piece of jewelry
lavalier, lavaliere, lavalliere
jeweled pendant worn on a chain around the neck
trimming on ceremonial robes consisting of white or light grey fur
a band around the collar of a garment
jewelry consisting of a cord or chain (often bearing gems) worn about the neck as an ornament (especially by women)
a feathered plume on a helmet
a flared ruffle attached to the waistline of a dress or jacket or blouse
a piece of jewelry that is pinned onto the wearer's garment
a very thin stripe (especially a white stripe on a dark fabric)
rickrack, ricrac
a narrow zigzag ribbon used as trimming
band, ring
jewelry consisting of a circlet of precious metal (often set with jewels) worn on the finger
shoulder board, shoulder mark
epaulets that indicate rank
sword knot
an ornamental tassel on the hilt of a sword
tie clip
a piece of jewelry that holds a man's tie in place
Type of:
decoration, ornament, ornamentation
something used to beautify

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