Definition of ornate in English:


See synonyms for ornate

Translate ornate into Spanish


  • 1Made in an intricate shape or decorated with complex patterns.

    ‘an ornate wrought-iron railing’
    • ‘While poster art continued to prosper, the ornate details of Art Nouveau vanished.’
    • ‘They have been found before but rarely with such ornate decoration and never in South Lakeland.’
    • ‘The rest of our time is spent in silence, until we arrive at an ornate door decorated with cranes and dragons.’
    • ‘These restaurants are elegant and charming, often with ornate decorations and some of the best food in the city.’
    • ‘Each is massively framed by an ornate gilt rococo cartouche carved by Giovanni Giuliani in 1706.’
    • ‘Now, people are picking elaborate color schemes and ornate frames.’
    • ‘Most of the frescoes on the ceiling are gone, but there are ornate chandeliers, and putti attend the plaster reliefs above.’
    • ‘The decoration was much more ornate than had been seen on most houses, even exquisite manors like the Big House and the Roscoe House.’
    • ‘The settings range from a stormy sea to a bus stop; all verge on dizzying unreadability due to ornate decorative patterning.’
    • ‘Such high ceilings are everywhere - with more long corridors, elaborate and ornate walls and works of art on display.’
    • ‘Wrought iron, often in ornate patterns, decorated many public buildings, bridges, and the verandahs of many homes.’
    • ‘Both the drawing room and dining room have ornate fireplaces and decorative cornicing with large windows looking out over the gardens.’
    • ‘Across the hall is a spacious drawing room with a large bay window, ornate marble fireplace, decorative plaster coving and ceiling rose.’
    • ‘Using a soft brush attachment she slowly cleans the ornate, rococo gilt frame surrounding a magnificent portrait by George Romney.’
    • ‘Park benches, small statues, decorative flower beds and ornate lamp-posts dotted the park at discreet distances from each other.’
    • ‘There they even have an exquisite Chess Room, filled with ornate and decorative sets from around the world, all gifted by foreign delegations.’
    • ‘Moreover, the design is asymmetrical: Each side is different from the other, which makes the ornate decoration look even more exotic.’
    • ‘So far they have dreamed up murals to decorate wasteland, ornate gates for a park and colourful name signs at an estate in Farnworth where streets are named after flowers.’
    • ‘But these are no ordinary bridges they are the most elaborate bridges you have ever seen with ornate statues and balustrades, turrets and towers.’
    • ‘The Baroque churches of Rome were imitated throughout Europe, their ornate altars enclosing a single painting or sculptural group providing a model for many years.’
    elaborate, decorated, embellished, adorned, ornamented, fancy, over-elaborate, fussy, busy, ostentatious, showy, baroque, rococo, florid, wedding-cake, gingerbread
    View synonyms
    1. 1.1(of literary style) using unusual words and complex constructions.
      ‘peculiarly ornate and metaphorical language’
      • ‘His German epic entitled Parzifal is a massive literary production and was highly ornate in style.’
      • ‘Linguistic style: Someone may write in an ornate style, speak in a laconic style, and have an aggressive style when arguing.’
      • ‘As a consequence, these genres do not strive to show events in their experiential immediacy and do not use an excessively ornate style of presentation.’
      • ‘Just as this statue in abandoning the straight line suggests movement and grace, the speaker too should favour an ornate style and introduce grace and variety.’
      • ‘The style is ornate, lyrical, and sensual, perhaps too much so for English tastes, as the Quartet tends to be more highly regarded abroad than in Britain.’
      elaborate, over-elaborate, flowery, florid, flamboyant
      View synonyms
    2. 1.2(of musical composition or performance) using many ornaments such as grace notes and trills.
      ‘On the other hand, Vivaldi's ornate writing for solo voices is much in evidence.’
      • ‘David Kuebler brings a heroic touch to Nerone, and copes well with Handel's ornate divisions.’
      • ‘It occurs in all musical forms, from the first antler beaten against a taut animal skin to the most ornate symphony.’
      • ‘The other singers are specialists in the Baroque repertoire, and are unfazed by Vivaldi's ornate and virtuosic writing.’
      • ‘On the plus side was the intriguingly ornate solo piano part, with florid additions, one may speculate, to compensate for the thinner strings.’
      • ‘Evolving melodies over harmonic/rhythmic ostinatos; ornate melodies over drones - do these count as techniques?’
      • ‘Where Brubeck does fall down is in his overly ornate arrangements, all painstakingly constructed to seemingly draw as many parallels with classical music as possible.’



/ôrˈnāt/ /ɔrˈneɪt/


Late Middle English from Latin ornatus ‘adorned’, past participle of ornare.