(often initial capital letter) of pertaining to, or characteristic of the English gothic architecture of the late 13th through the late 14th centuries, characterized by curvilinear tracery, elaborate ornamental sculpture and vaulting, and refinement of stonecutting techniques.

1720–30; decorate + -ed2

nondecorated, adjective
quasi-decorated, adjective
superdecorated, adjective
undecorated, adjective
well-decorated, adjective Unabridged


verb (used with object), decorated, decorating.
to furnish or adorn with something ornamental or becoming; embellish: to decorate walls with murals.
to plan and execute the design, furnishings, and ornamentation of the interior of (a house, office, apartment, etc.), especially by selecting colors, fabrics, and style of furniture, by making minor structural changes, etc.: Their house is decorated in French Provincial style.
to confer distinction upon by a badge, a medal of honor, etc.: to decorate a soldier for valor.

1375–1425; late Middle English (adj.) < Latin decorātus (past participle of decorāre), equivalent to decor- (stem of decus) an ornament, splendor, honor (see decent) + -ātus -ate1

overdecorate, verb, overdecorated, overdecorating.
redecorate, verb, redecorated, redecorating.
undecorate, verb (used with object), undecorated, undecorating.

1. ornament, bedeck, trim, garnish, festoon. Unabridged
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decorate (ˈdɛkəˌreɪt)
1.  (tr) to make more attractive by adding ornament, colour, etc
2.  to paint or wallpaper (a room, house, etc)
3.  (tr) to confer a mark of distinction, esp a military medal, upon
4.  (tr) to evaporate a metal film onto (a crystal) in order to display dislocations in structure
[C16: from Latin decorāre, from decus adornment; see decent]

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Word Origin & History

mid-15c., from L. decoratus, pp. of decorare "to decorate," from decus (gen. decoris) "an ornament," from PIE base *dek- "to receive, be suitable" (see decent).
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Example sentences
Not only is my apartment spotless and warmly decorated, my car and clothes are
  usually spotless.
But, it's a definite improvement on the total absence of meaning of my
  neighbor's homogeneously decorated spruce.
On one side the closed forms are vacant, and on the other side some of the
  closed forms are decorated.
It is beautifully decorated with color illustrations of real and mythical
  animals, peoples, and cities.
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