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or·nate / ôrˈnāt/ • adj. made in an intricate shape or decorated with complex patterns: an ornate wrought-iron railing. ∎  (of literary style) using unusual words and complex constructions: peculiarly ornate and metaphorical language. ∎  (of musical composition or performance) using many ornaments such as grace notes and trills.DERIVATIVES: or·nate·ly adv.or·nate·ness n.

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