or Dec·o

[dek-oh, dey-koh, dey-koh]



of, relating to, or suggestive of art deco design: The new wallpaper gives the foyer a deco look.

Nearby words

  1. declivity,
  2. declivous,
  3. declomycin,
  4. declutch,
  5. declutter,
  6. decoct,
  7. decoction,
  8. decode,
  9. decoder,
  10. decoherence

Origin of deco

First recorded in 1970–75; by shortening

art deco

or Art Deco


a style of decorative art developed originally in the 1920s with a revival in the 1960s, marked chiefly by geometric motifs, curvilinear forms, sharply defined outlines, often bold colors, and the use of synthetic materials, as plastics.

Origin of art deco

1965–70; < French Art Déco, shortened from Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes, an exposition of modern decorative and industrial arts held in Paris, France, in 1925

Also called deco, Deco. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for deco

Art Deco


  1. a style of interior decoration, jewellery, architecture, etc, at its height in the 1930s and characterized by geometrical shapes, stylized natural forms, and symmetrical utilitarian designs adapted to mass production
  2. (as modifier)an Art-Deco carpet

Word Origin for Art Deco

C20: shortened from art décoratif, after the Exposition des arts décoratifs held in Paris in 1925

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Word Origin and History for deco

art deco

"decorative and architectural style of the period 1925-1940," attested from 1966, from French art décoratif, literally "decorative art" (see decorative); from L'Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes, held in Paris 1925.

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