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Ornat, -ate, p.p. and ppl. a. Also: -ait. [Late ME. (Hoccleve) and e.m.E., L. ornāt-us p.p. of ornāre Orn v.] Adorned; ornate.

1. p.p. Adorned, ornamented (with). a1500 Henr. Fab. 129 (Bass.).
This gentill jasp … Betakinnis perfite prudence and cunning, Ornate with mony deidis of vertew

2. adj. As a complimentary term applied to language or style: Highly ornamented or embellished. c1500-c1512 Dunb. G. Targe 68 (B).
For all thi ornat style most perfyte
Id. Tua Mar. W. 505 (M).
Quhen endit had hir ornat speche this eloquent wedo
Id. lxv. 10.
The eloquence off ornat rethorye
1513 Doug. i. Prol. 2.
Thy dulce ornat fresch endyte
Ib. 149.
Hys ornate [Sm. ornait] goldyn versis
Ib. 361.
Of Virgillis vers the ornate bewte
Ib. 393. 1535 Stewart 107. Ib. 11603.
Thir storeis … All … In ornat spech
1536 Lynd. Answ. Flyting 66. c1540 Id. Syde Taillis 7.
Because the matter bene so vyle It may nocht haue ane ornate style
c1552 Id. Mon. 110.
Thocht ornat termes in to thy park not spredis
Ib. 579.
Quhen Romanis rang … The ornat Latyne wes thare propir leid
Ib. 3582. 15.. Clar. v. 2256. a1568 Bann. MS. 217 a/30. 1568 Charteris Lyndesay Pref. Adhort. 17.
Thocht Gawine Dowglas … In ornate meter surmount did euerilk man

b. transf. to an author possessing or using such a style. c1500-c1512 Dunb. xviii. 31 (B).
And be I ornat in my speiche … I speik not lyke thair hous menȝie
1513 Doug. i. Prol. 326.
This ornate poet
a1568 Bann. MS. 93 a/86. Ib. 216 b/60.
And all the sternis … War in this erd moist ornat oratouris [etc.]
c1552 Lynd. Mon. 228.
I did neuer sleip on Pernaso As did … the ornate Ennius
Ib. 4322. a1578 Pitsc. I. 375/15.
Thow sould haue hard the ornat oratouris makand hir hines solutatioun

3. Ornamented, embellished, highly decorated. 1596 Dalr. I. 23/15.
I passe ouer … mony landwarde tounes ornat aneuch and elegant
Ib. 89/6.
Nathir war thay … ornat in thair cleithing
Ib. II. 261/12.
Gif his clathis was onything ornat, he studiet neuer to follow the fassoune of the court

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