Something that decorates or adorns; an embellishment. A person considered as a source of pride, honor, or credit: a singer who is an ornament to the world of opera. Music A note or group of notes that embellishes a melody. To furnish with ornaments: ornamented the windows with hanging plants. To be an ornament to: "The babies ornament her ankles, dangle from her pant legs\u201d ( Carolyn Chute).