- characterized by dignified propriety in conduct, manners, appearance, character, etc.
Origin of decorous
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Examples from the Web for decorous
Not for Rodriguez the decorous, red-carpet likes of Gwynnie, Sandra Bullock, or Tom Cruise, but “hot criminal” Jeremy Meeks.Meet the PR Guru for the ‘Hot Convict,’ the Octomom, and Every Other D-List Trainwreck
July 17, 2014
A decorous group of nine panelists presented their positions one at a time, following distinctly un-Israeli rules of etiquette.Israel’s New Election Discourse
January 8, 2013
Thus our conversation ran--decorous and harmless enough, in all conscience.In the Valley
Imagine “swell up” from Sandford, the repressed and decorous!A Breath of Prairie and other stories
Thorpe accepted in good part the intimation that silence was after all most decorous.The Market-Place
Nothing could be more perfectly proper and decorous than this dance.That Boy Of Norcott's
Charles James Lever
There are no drunken men there, nothing but what is pleasant and decorous.
- characterized by propriety in manners, conduct, etc
Word Origin and History for decorous
1660s, from Latin decorus "becoming, seemly, fitting, proper," from decus (genitive decoris) "ornament" (see decorate). Related: Decorously; decorousness.