decoration

[dek-uh-rey-shuh n]

noun

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 formsnon·dec·o·ra·tion, nouno·ver·dec·o·ra·tion, nounre·dec·o·ra·tion, nounsu·per·dec·o·ra·tion, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for decoration

decoration

noun

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 decoration
n.

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).

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