Word of the Day: Ornament

or-na-ment / ˈôrnəmənt


1. something that lends beauty

Anyone may have diamonds: an heirloom is an ornament of quite a different kind.

from ‘Mr. Darcy’s Daughters: A Novel’ by Elizabeth Aston, 1948-2016

2. a style of objects or features

The building’s identity resided in the ornament.

Louis Sullivan, 1856-1924

3. adornment or means of adornment

In the house of a blacksmith the ornaments are made of wood.

Brazilian Proverb

4. a person or thing whose virtues are a credit to a society or place

Education is an ornament in prosperity and a refuge in adversity.

Aristotle, 384 BC-322 BC

5. an embellishing note not included in the melody or harmony of a song

From singers to instrumentalists to composers, the use of ornaments or embellishments in melodies and solos is an integral part of the music making process.

Lynda Arnold, ?-




1. to embellish or adorn

The universal human laws – need, love for the beloved, fear, hunger, periodic exaltation, the kindness that rises up naturally in the absence of hunger/fear/pain – are constant predictable, reliable, universal, and are merely ornamented with the details of local culture.

George Saunders, 1958-