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Etymology edit

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

Pronunciation edit

  • (US) IPA(key): /ɔɹˈneɪt/
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  • Rhymes: -eɪt

Adjective edit

ornate (comparative more ornate, superlative most ornate)

  1. Elaborately ornamented, often to excess.
    • 1907 August, Robert W[illiam] Chambers, chapter V, in The Younger Set, New York, N.Y.: D. Appleton & Company, →OCLC:
      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.

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Verb edit

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

  1. (obsolete) To adorn or honour (someone or something).
    • 1552, Hughe Latymer [i.e., Hugh Latimer], Augustine Bernher, compiler, “The Second Sermon”, in Certayn Godly Sermons, Made uppon the Lords Prayer, [], London: [] John Day, [], published 1562, →OCLC, folio 13, verso:
      And truely thoſe that lyue in the feare of god, (conſydering that they ſerue not only their carnal maiſters, but God hymſelfe,) they be in a good caſe: but they may not bee eye ſeruauntes. [] Saincte Paule woulde haue them to lyue ſo, that they maye ornate and ſanctifye the name of God.

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Etymology 1 edit

Verb edit


  1. inflection of ornare:
    1. second-person plural present indicative
    2. second-person plural imperative

Etymology 2 edit

Participle edit

ornate f pl

  1. feminine plural of ornato

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Latin edit

Adverb edit

ōrnātē (comparative ōrnātius, superlative ōrnātissimē)

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  1. vocative masculine singular of ōrnātus

References edit

  • ornate”, in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • ornate”, in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • ornate in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré latin-français, Hachette.

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Verb edit


  1. second-person singular voseo imperative of ornar combined with te