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or de·cor

[dey-kawr, di-, dey-kawr]
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  1. style or mode of decoration, as of a room, building, or the like: modern office décor; a bedroom having a Spanish décor.
  2. decoration in general; ornamentation: beads, baubles, and other décor.
  3. Theater. scenic decoration; scenery.
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Origin of décor

1650–60; < French, derivative of décorer to decorate
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Related Words for decor

decoration, adornment, ornamentation

Examples from the Web for decor

Contemporary Examples of decor

Historical Examples of decor

  • There's not a man in the column you are looking at who is not decor.'

    Jack Hinton

    Charles James Lever

  • Hugo has much to say of the pulchritudo and the decor of the creature-world.

  • An architect's skill is most often measured in the poem by his adherence to decor.

  • She had taken expensive rooms in a good location, and furnished them with the assistance of a decor store.


    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • This was the decor of convention that Madame Sans Gene rendered classic.

    Royal Palaces and Parks of France

    Milburg Francisco Mansfield

British Dictionary definitions for decor



  1. a style or scheme of interior decoration, furnishings, etc, as in a room or house
  2. stage decoration; scenery
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Word Origin for décor

C19: from French, from décorer to decorate
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for decor


1897, from French décor (18c.), back-formation from décorer "to decorate" (14c.), from Latin decorare (see decorate). It thus duplicates Latin decor "beauty, elegance, charm, grace, ornament." Originally a theater term in English; general use is since 1926.

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