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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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  • Now this is the problem: to choose and arrange your materials so that, to interest, they shall not need the aid of decoration.

  • In the making of this style of decoration one material is not laid on to another, but into it.

    Quilts Marie D. Webster
  • For an eighth birthday, a square table may be used with walls of Troy decoration arranged for two children at a side.

    Bright Ideas for Entertaining Mrs. Herbert B. Linscott
  • The latter is famous for its decoration, especially the beautiful altar.

  • And that, of course, means turning yourself at an early hour into the hands of your maid for repairs and decoration.

    The Beauty Mrs. Wilson Woodrow
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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