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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.
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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Examples from the web for decorations
  • The victims were dressed with shell beads and other decorations.
  • Opulent holiday decorations and messages to buy may depress or overwhelm them, he says.
  • But they already have the decorations up at the mall.
  • Furry green plastic branches frame the portholes, decorations for the holidays.
  • The chief reforms: he completely abolishes the ramp lights, and the stage decorations almost completely.
  • Apprentice painters would apply background color and decorations, while faces and hands were reserved for master painters.
  • It has its own art department of about two dozen that create tables, chairs and decorations for the dining room.
  • So she decides a surprise birthday party is in order, with decorations and cake and presents from all her siblings.
  • Some, wounded, stood uneasily on crutches to receive decorations in their parade squares.
  • Telephone boxes stand empty, reduced to mere street decorations.
British Dictionary definitions for decorations


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 decorations



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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