embellish vs ornament what difference

what is difference between embellish and ornament

English

Etymology

From Middle English embelishen, from Old French embellir, from em- + bel.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ɪmˈbɛlɪʃ/, /ɛm-/

Verb

embellish (third-person singular simple present embellishes, present participle embellishing, simple past and past participle embellished)

  1. To make more beautiful and attractive; to decorate.
    The old book cover was embellished with golden letters
  2. To make something sound or look better or more acceptable than it is in reality; to distort, to embroider.
    to embellish a story, the truth

Synonyms

  • adorn
  • beautify
  • decorate
  • deck
  • grace
  • ornament
  • prettify
  • See also Thesaurus:decorate

Translations



English

Etymology

From Middle English ornament, from Old French ornement, from Latin ornamentum (equipment, apparatus, furniture, trappings, adornment, embellishment), from ornāre, present active infinitive of I equip, adorn. The verb is derived from the noun.

Pronunciation

  • (noun)
    • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈɔː(ɹ)nəmənt/
    • (US) IPA(key): /ˈɔɹnəmənt/, enPR: ôrʹnə-mənt
  • (verb)
    • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈɔː(ɹ)nəmənt/, /ˈɔː(ɹ)nəˌmɛnt/
    • (US) IPA(key): /ˈɔɹnəmənt/, /ˈɔɹnəˌmɛnt/, enPR: ôrʹnə-mənt, ôrʹnə-mĕnt’

Noun

ornament (countable and uncountable, plural ornaments)

  1. An element of decoration; that which embellishes or adorns.
  2. A Christmas tree decoration.
  3. (music) A musical flourish that is unnecessary to the overall melodic or harmonic line, but serves to decorate that line.
  4. (Christianity, in the plural) The articles used in church services.
  5. (biology) A characteristic that has a decorative function (typically in order to attract a mate)

Derived terms

  • ornamental

Related terms

  • ornate
  • ornamentation
  • adorn
  • suborn

Translations

Verb

ornament (third-person singular simple present ornaments, present participle ornamenting, simple past and past participle ornamented)

  1. To decorate.
  2. To add to.

Conjugation

Synonyms

  • (decorate): adorn, bedeck, decorate, embellish, trim

Translations

Further reading

  • ornament in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
  • ornament in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.

Catalan

Etymology

From Latin ornamentum.

Pronunciation

  • (Balearic) IPA(key): /oɾ.nəˈment/
  • (Central) IPA(key): /ur.nəˈmen/
  • (Valencian) IPA(key): /oɾ.naˈment/

Noun

ornament m (plural ornaments)

  1. ornament

Derived terms

  • ornamental

Further reading

  • “ornament” in Diccionari de la llengua catalana, segona edició, Institut d’Estudis Catalans.
  • “ornament” in Gran Diccionari de la Llengua Catalana, Grup Enciclopèdia Catalana.
  • “ornament” in Diccionari normatiu valencià, Acadèmia Valenciana de la Llengua.
  • “ornament” in Diccionari català-valencià-balear, Antoni Maria Alcover and Francesc de Borja Moll, 1962.

Norwegian Bokmål

Etymology

From Latin ornamentum

Noun

ornament n (definite singular ornamentet, indefinite plural ornament or ornamenter, definite plural ornamenta or ornamentene)

  1. an ornament

Derived terms

  • ornamentikk

References

  • “ornament” in The Bokmål Dictionary.
  • “ornament” in Det Norske Akademis ordbok (NAOB).

Norwegian Nynorsk

Etymology

From Latin ornamentum

Noun

ornament n (definite singular ornamentet, indefinite plural ornament, definite plural ornamenta)

  1. an ornament

Derived terms

  • ornamentikk

References

  • “ornament” in The Nynorsk Dictionary.

Polish

Etymology

From Latin ōrnāmentum.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ɔrˈna.mɛnt/

Noun

ornament m inan

  1. (architecture, art, typography) ornament, adornment
  2. (music) ornament

Declension

Further reading

  • ornament in Wielki słownik języka polskiego, Instytut Języka Polskiego PAN
  • ornament in Polish dictionaries at PWN

Romanian

Etymology

From French ornament, from Latin ornamentum.

Noun

ornament n (plural ornamente)

  1. ornament

Declension


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