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[dek-er-uh s, dih-kawr-uh s, -kohr-] /ˈdɛk ər əs, dɪˈkɔr əs, -ˈkoʊr-/
characterized by dignified propriety in conduct, manners, appearance, character, etc.
Origin of decorous
1655-65; < Latin decōrus seemly, becoming, derivative of decus; see decorate, -ous
Related forms
decorously, adverb
decorousness, noun
nondecorous, adjective
nondecorously, adverb
nondecorousness, noun
undecorous, adjective
undecorously, adverb
undecorousness, noun
proper, becoming.
undignified. Unabridged
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  • The children, already sitting in a decorous ring on their low chairs, seemed after the first surprise to approve of Phyllis.

    The Rose Garden Husband Margaret Widdemer
  • Under any other preacher they might have conduced to decorous naps.

    Sixty years with Plymouth Church Stephen M. Griswold
  • For a person's life to be decorous in it, the said person should have a hundred thousand a year.

  • All was novelty, all surprise, and to his decorous and orderly disposition, all ferment.

    The Art of Disappearing John Talbot Smith
  • It's not decent, it's not decorous to laugh at any incident in the lives of holy men.

    The Bramleighs Of Bishop's Folly Charles James Lever
  • Thus our conversation ran--decorous and harmless enough, in all conscience.

    In the Valley Harold Frederic
  • The game was continued in that decorous silence which usually distinguished the table at which Mr. John Oakhurst presided.

  • Thorpe accepted in good part the intimation that silence was after all most decorous.

    The Market-Place Harold Frederic
British Dictionary definitions for decorous


characterized by propriety in manners, conduct, etc
Derived Forms
decorously, adverb
decorousness, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin decōrus, from decor elegance
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for decorous

1660s, from Latin decorus "becoming, seemly, fitting, proper," from decus (genitive decoris) "ornament" (see decorate). Related: Decorously; decorousness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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