AskDefine | Define ornamental

Dictionary Definition

ornamental adj : serving an esthetic rather than a useful purpose; "cosmetic fenders on cars"; "the buildings were utilitarian rather than decorative" [syn: cosmetic, decorative] n : any plant grown for its beauty or ornamental value

User Contributed Dictionary



  • (UK) /ˌɔːnəˈmɛntl/, /%O:n@"mEntl/
  • (US) /ˌɔɹnəˈmɛntl/, /%Orn@"mEntl/


  1. Serving to ornament; characterized by ornament; beautifying; embellishing.
    Some think it most ornamental to wear their bracelets on their wrists; others, about their ankles. --Sir T. Browne.

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Extensive Definition

Ornamental may refer to:
  • Christmas ornaments used to festoon a Christmas tree
  • Ornamental grass, a type of grass grown as a decoration
  • Ornamental iron, mild steel that has been formed into decorative shapes, similar to wrought iron work
  • Ornamental plant, a plant that is grown for its ornamental qualities
  • Ornamental stone, a decorative stone integrated into a building feature, like a marble staircase
  • Ornament (architecture), a decorative detail used to embellish parts of a building or interior furnishing
  • Ornament (band), the name used by David Pask-Hughes for his electronic music-oriented solo efforts
  • Ornament (music), musical flourishes that are not necessary to the overall melodic (or harmonic) line
Ornamental an aggressive tarantula that is in group old world called an Ornamental taantula


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