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Definition of a thing:  having lots of decorative detail

of speech:  more complicated than necessary because of unusual words and phrases (fans might call it flowery or finely finished, but most would call it too complicated or showy)
  • The hotel is decorated with ornate furniture, lots of carved designs, and gold leaf gilding.
ornate = having lots of decorative detail
  • I don't care for her ornate style of speech.
  • ornate = more complicated than necessary because of unusual words and phrases
  • It was the most ornate church I've ever seen.
  • ornate = having lots of decorative detail
  • It was a magnificent mirror, as high as the ceiling, with an ornate gold frame, standing on two clawed feet.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
  • ornate = having lots of decorative detail
  • When we finished, our bunk beds looked sort of plain, so we spray-painted the sides with ornate red and black curlicues.
    Jeannette Walls  --  The Glass Castle
  • ornate = having lots of decorative detail
  • We carried the tree home and decorated it with Grandma's antique ornaments: ornate colored balls, fragile glass partridges, and lights with long tubes of bubbling water.
    Jeannette Walls  --  The Glass Castle
  • ornate = having lots of decorative detail
  • "Oh, it's an ornate scallop, Pecten ornatus," Kya said.
    Delia Owens  --  Where the Crawdads Sing
  • ornate = having lots of decorative detail
  • Her yellow pagne is double-wrapped and her ornate bodice cut low on her large bosom.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • Huge Corinthian columns soared above me, capped with ornate heroic carvings.
    James Patterson  --  1st to Die
  • I visited the Resurrection Cemetery, passing through the large, ornate gates, and parked.
    Luis J. Rodriguez  --  Always Running
  • An ornate style of architecture developed in the fourth and fifth centuries, marked especially by its use of gold and color.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Selected Essays
  • On a slightly raised platform, Maxon, Kriss, and I sat at an ornate table.
    Kiera Cass  --  The One
  • A young woman soon enters with a tray of ornately sliced fruit and a bucket of ice.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  Native Speaker
  • Much of Plauen was never rebuilt; parking lots and empty lots occupied land where ornate buildings had once stood.
    Eric Schlosser  --  Fast Food Nation
  • Alec and Jane, holding hands, led the way down yet another wide, ornate hall—would there ever be an end?
    Stephenie Meyer  --  New Moon
  • As an American with limited experience outside the United States, I was dazzled by the age of the buildings and marveled at their ornate architecture.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • Pollux weeps against the mantel of an ornate fireplace.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • I'm thinking of those mothers today in their ornate dresses and their vacant lives.
    Libba Bray  --  A Great and Terrible Beauty
  • They were ornate, barely legible, and always the same.
    Cornelia Funke  --  Inkheart
  • Barbara crafted an ornate, lacy valentine for me to pin on my bulletin board inviting the class for the holiday weekend.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide

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