An ornate building, piece of furniture, or object is decorated with complicated patterns or shapes.

...an ornate iron staircase.

...the big dining-room with its massive fireplace and ornate ceiling.

Derived words:
ornately ADV-GRADED usu ADV -ed

...the ornately carved doors.

English dictionary. 2008.

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