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Topic: HOUSE

Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old French
Origin: ornement, from Latin ornamentum, from ornare; ORNATE


1 noun
1 [countable]DHH a small object that you keep in your house because it is beautiful rather than useful:
a shelf covered with books and ornaments
china ornaments
2 [uncountable]DH decoration that is added to something:
The building style is plain, with very little ornament.
for ornament
The coins were only ever used for ornament, not as currency.
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