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[dey-kawr, di-, dey-kawr] /deɪˈkɔr, dɪ-, ˈdeɪ kɔr/
style or mode of decoration, as of a room, building, or the like:
modern office décor; a bedroom having a Spanish décor.
decoration in general; ornamentation:
beads, baubles, and other décor.
Theater. scenic decoration; scenery.
Origin of décor
1650-60; < French, derivative of décorer to decorate Unabridged
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  • There's not a man in the column you are looking at who is not decor.'

    Jack Hinton Charles James Lever
  • Hugo has much to say of the pulchritudo and the decor of the creature-world.

  • An architect's skill is most often measured in the poem by his adherence to decor.

  • She had taken expensive rooms in a good location, and furnished them with the assistance of a decor store.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • This was the decor of convention that Madame Sans Gene rendered classic.

    Royal Palaces and Parks of France

    Milburg Francisco Mansfield
  • Orne looked around at the Bullone guest room: low key furnishings with an old-fashioned selectacol for change of decor.

    Operation Haystack Frank Patrick Herbert
British Dictionary definitions for decor


a style or scheme of interior decoration, furnishings, etc, as in a room or house
stage decoration; scenery
Word Origin
C19: from French, from décorer to decorate
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Word Origin and History for decor

1897, from French décor (18c.), back-formation from décorer "to decorate" (14c.), from Latin decorare (see decorate). It thus duplicates Latin decor "beauty, elegance, charm, grace, ornament." Originally a theater term in English; general use is since 1926.

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