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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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Examples from the Web for redecoration
Historical Examples
  • You promised all to me for the redecoration of the ceiling of the café.

  • For months beforehand workmen were employed in the renovation and redecoration of the Abbey and its precincts.

    Fifty-One Years of Victorian Life

    Margaret Elizabeth Leigh Child-Villiers, Countess of Jersey
  • The fervour for redecoration even affected me: was not my hutch to share the common lot?

    The Bonadventure Edmund Blunden
  • Now suppose the engagement was broken off, he would be free to do as he chose with the redecoration of the room.

    The Rough Road

    William John Locke
  • A whole tribe of workmen were hurriedly completing the furnishing and redecoration of the palace.

    Massimilla Doni Honore de Balzac
British Dictionary definitions for redecoration


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 redecoration



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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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