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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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  • It fell to young Ried to appoint the committee on decoration.

    Ester Ried Yet Speaking Isabella Alden
  • The fashion of its ornament and decoration was foreign to that adopted by the Moors of Granada.

    Leila, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • The bills, as a variety in the funeral procession, almost amounted to a decoration.

    Little Dorrit Charles Dickens
  • The style of the decoration approaches the Early English character.

    English Villages P. H. Ditchfield
  • The voice was Coryston's, directed apparently at the Adam decoration of the ceiling.

    The Coryston Family Mrs. Humphry Ward
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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