Ornamental - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˌɔːrnəˈmentl|  American pronunciation of the word ornamental
Brit.  |ɔːnəˈmɛnt(ə)l|  British pronunciation of the word ornamental


- any plant grown for its beauty or ornamental value


- serving an esthetic rather than a useful purpose (syn: cosmetic, decorative)


The garden has many ornamental shrubs.

...the trim on Victorian houses is sometimes elaborately ornamental...

The garden has many beautiful ornamentals.

...a collection of fragile ornamentals kept in a glass cabinet...

The pillars in the centre are purely ornamental.

...with its long, weeping fronds, this plant makes a nice ornamental...

An ornamental edge was pinked out with special scissors.

The house was fronted by a large ornamental lake.

the houses had much ornamental ironwork

an ornamental gold braid on the shoulder of his uniform

the structural details of a house such as beams and joists and rafters; not ornamental elements

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