An ornament or an embellished work. The term is taken from the Arabic art and architecture which was very ornate. This term is used for various kinds of melodic, contrapuntal, or harmonic ornamentation. Several composers including Claude Debussy and Robert Schumann have used this term as a title for compositions.a short, decorative piece. it is a term that is sometimes applied to instrumental music. also a finely balanced ballet position in which the weight of the boy is on one leg, while the other leg is extended behind