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[dek-uh-rey-tid] /ˈdɛk əˌreɪ tɪd/
(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.
Origin of decorated
1720-30; decorate + -ed2
Related forms
nondecorated, adjective
quasi-decorated, adjective
superdecorated, adjective
undecorated, adjective
well-decorated, adjective


[dek-uh-reyt] /ˈdɛk əˌreɪt/
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
Related forms
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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Examples from the web for decorated
  • 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.
  • Or that the first decorated war dog, accredited with saving members of its company, was a pit bull.
  • It is encircled by columns that support a ring decorated with the syllabary itself.
  • The admissions office is in a converted mansion, and its lobby is decorated with large photographs of students at work and play.
  • The posters on my wall were middlebrow and unframed, while her side was tastefully decorated with framed prints by local artists.
  • The tomb contained a wooden coffin decorated with a copper lattice and a gilded mask, sitting on a raised platform.
  • Earthenware pottery is covered with a white tin glaze, which is then decorated with pigments before it's fired.
British Dictionary definitions for decorated


(transitive) to make more attractive by adding ornament, colour, etc
to paint or wallpaper (a room, house, etc)
(transitive) to confer a mark of distinction, esp a military medal, upon
(transitive) to evaporate a metal film onto (a crystal) in order to display dislocations in structure
Word Origin
C16: from Latin decorāre, from decus adornment; see decent
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Word Origin and History for decorated



early 15c., from Latin decoratus, past participle of decorare "to decorate, adorn, embellish, beautify," from decus (genitive decoris) "an ornament," from PIE root *dek- "to receive, be suitable" (see decent). Related: Decorated; decorating.

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