Are there any particular words to describe gates like theses ones?enter image description here

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    Lots of them: iron, imposing, ornate. – Peter Shor Jan 31 '14 at 17:17
  • And can I use all three in one sentence? Or it will be too much? – Danielle Jan 31 '14 at 17:20
  • Certainly you can use three of them, but two might be stylistically better. Either ornate iron gates or imposing iron gates should get the idea across. I don't know if there's a single word for gates like this. – Peter Shor Jan 31 '14 at 17:22
  • If you're referring to the specific ironwork, they're called overthrows. If you're looking for descriptors, though, you have plenty to choose from @PeterShor's list. – emsoff Jan 31 '14 at 17:24
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    I would say "wrought-iron gates". I think "wrought" adds something non-trivial here. – badroit Jan 31 '14 at 17:24

As far as I know, gates are gates. There are garden gates, driveway gates, entry gates... the type of gate shown is a wrought iron entry gate, an elaborate, ornate one. But it's still a gate.

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    I would guess the specific term OP is looking for is wrought iron gates. In which case it might be a good idea to point out, as Steven Pinker likes to that wrought is actually is a conjugation of an archaic form of the verb to work. Which very few people know, despite the fact that practically everyone knows perfectly well what wrought iron is. Try it by asking a few friends (excluding any who've actually heard of Pinker! :) – FumbleFingers Jan 31 '14 at 19:00
  • @FumbleFingers - a good friend of mine is a blacksmith. It would not occur to me that people would not know what wrought iron meant. – anongoodnurse Jan 31 '14 at 19:04
  • I myself didn't know the etymology until 15 years ago when in a rare display of extravagance I pre-ordered a hardback copy of Pinkers Words and Rules (having just read The Language Instinct and decided to worship him! :). Coincidentally I met a guy about then who claimed to be the only working blacksmith in the county (in circumstances where he asked me not to repeat that information, as he didn't want to be identifiable). I recall with certainty that he didn't know it either, because that was what prompted me to bore everyone else I knew, by asking them if they knew it! Few did. – FumbleFingers Jan 31 '14 at 19:28
  • @FumbleFingers - then how would people understand the phrase, What hast thou wrought? – anongoodnurse Jan 31 '14 at 19:53
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    @FumbleFingers: I remember being quite surprised when I learned that it was the past tense of work (I think I thought it was wreak before). I also remember being unable to convince somebody it wasn't the past tense of wreak. – Peter Shor Jan 31 '14 at 23:36

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