- elaborately or sumptuously adorned, often excessively or showily so: They bought an ornate Louis XIV sofa.
- embellished with rhetoric; florid or high-flown: an ornate style of writing.
- heavily or elaborately decorated
- (of style in writing) overembellished; flowery
adj.early 15c., from Latin ornatus “fitted out, furnished, supplied; adorned, decorated, embellished,” past participle of ornare “adorn, fit out,” from stem of ordo “order” (see order (n.)). Earliest reference is to literary style. Related: Ornately; ornateness.