adornment

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
  1. noun
    the action of decorating yourself with something colorful and interesting
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    type of:
    decoration
    the act of decorating something (in the hope of making it more attractive)
  2. noun
    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
    boutonniere
    a flower that is worn in a buttonhole
    circlet
    decorated metal band worn around the head
    cordon
    adornment consisting of an ornamental ribbon or cord
    epaulet, epaulette
    adornment consisting of an ornamental cloth pad worn on the shoulder
    fob
    an adornment that hangs from a watch chain
    flounce, frill, furbelow, ruffle
    a strip of pleated material used as a decoration or a trim
    frog
    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)
    plume
    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
    rosette
    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
    tassel
    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
    bead
    a small ball with a hole through the middle
    bijou
    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
    clip
    an article of jewelry that can be clipped onto a hat or dress
    cufflink
    jewelry consisting of one of a pair of linked buttons used to fasten the cuffs of a shirt
    earring
    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
    hatband
    a band around the crown of a hat just above the brim
    jabot
    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
    miniver
    trimming on ceremonial robes consisting of white or light grey fur
    neckband
    a band around the collar of a garment
    necklace
    jewelry consisting of a cord or chain (often bearing gems) worn about the neck as an ornament (especially by women)
    panache
    a feathered plume on a helmet
    peplum
    a flared ruffle attached to the waistline of a dress or jacket or blouse
    pin
    a piece of jewelry that is pinned onto the wearer's garment
    pinstripe
    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
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    decoration, ornament, ornamentation
    something used to beautify
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