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[dek-uh-rey-shuh n] /ˌdɛk əˈreɪ ʃən/
something used for decorating; adornment; embellishment:
The gymnasium was adorned with posters and crepe-paper decorations for the dance.
the act of decorating.
a badge, medal, etc., conferred and worn as a mark of honor:
a decoration for bravery.
Origin of decoration
1575-85; < Late Latin decorātiōn- (stem of decorātiō) an ornament. See decorate, -ion
Related forms
nondecoration, noun
overdecoration, noun
redecoration, noun
superdecoration, noun Unabridged
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  • For a simple but elegant holiday decoration, trim a trellis or two with evergreens and twinkling lights.
  • And there is this: a seaman's roughly made wooden trunk, perhaps four feet long, its exterior without significant decoration.
  • As with the cookies, you can have fun with fondant-these folks sure did-but the decoration doesn't have to be elaborate.
  • The project's critics complained that taxpayer money was being wasted on decoration.
  • The image itself fits harmoniously enough into the overall blue and gold decoration of rest of the room.
  • And given some of the integument they've found, you might want to get a little creative in your decoration of ornithischians.
  • In theatre, there is that bit of wisdom about extraneous set decoration.
  • His prefaces are masterpieces of pomp and decoration.
  • All decoration activity stops while she is looked at and admired.
  • One decoration thus serves for chancel and background at the reception.
British Dictionary definitions for decoration


an addition that renders something more attractive or ornate; adornment
the act, process, or art of decorating
a medal, badge, etc, conferred as a mark of honour
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Word Origin and History for decoration

early 15c., "action of decorating, beautification," from Late Latin decorationem (nominative decoratio), noun of action from past participle stem of decorare (see decorate). Meaning "that which decorates" is from 1670s. As "a badge or medal worn as a mark of honor," it is attested from 1816 (often in plural, decorations).

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