or de·cor

[dey-kawr, di-, dey-kawr]


style or mode of decoration, as of a room, building, or the like: modern office décor; a bedroom having a Spanish décor.
decoration in general; ornamentation: beads, baubles, and other décor.
Theater. scenic decoration; scenery.

Origin of décor

1650–60; < French, derivative of décorer to decorate
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Examples from the Web for decor

Contemporary Examples of decor

  • Now, we're in a very small, very hot room with no decor—there is only an ominous-looking vault door.

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    The Secret Speakeasies of Buenos Aires

    Jeff Campagna

    February 25, 2014

  • It makes clear that, from the beginning, decor went hand-in-hand with serious modernist art.

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    Tinted Love

    Blake Gopnik

    October 4, 2013

  • The decor and vibe are cool and contemporary, but still warm and inviting.

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    Fresh Picks

    Gina DePalma

    August 24, 2010

  • I am so happy to read the above letters especially from MVL and Decor.

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    Dad Just Moved In and He's Driving Me Insane

    The Daily Beast

    October 25, 2008

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




a style or scheme of interior decoration, furnishings, etc, as in a room or house
stage decoration; scenery

Word Origin for décor

C19: from French, from décorer to decorate
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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper