used in A Great and Terrible Beauty
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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)
- I'm thinking of those mothers today in their ornate dresses and their vacant lives.
Chapter 27 (90% in)
- Below me London spreads out like a lady's fan, ornate and delicate.
Chapter 38 (20% in)
There are no more uses of "ornate" in A Great and Terrible Beauty.