decorative

[dek-er-uh-tiv, dek-ruh-, dek-uh-rey-]
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Origin of decorative

First recorded in 1785–95; decorate + -ive
Related formsdec·o·ra·tive·ly, adverbdec·o·ra·tive·ness, nounnon·dec·o·ra·tive, adjectiveo·ver·dec·o·ra·tive, adjectiveo·ver·dec·o·ra·tive·ly, adverbo·ver·dec·o·ra·tive·ness, nounun·dec·o·ra·tive, adjective
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Related Words for decorative

ornamental, fancy, cosmetic, florid, pretty

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British Dictionary definitions for decorative

decorative

adjective
  1. serving to decorate or adorn; ornamental
Derived Formsdecoratively, adverbdecorativeness, noun
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Word Origin and History for decorative
adj.

early 15c., from Middle French decoratif, from decorat-, past participle stem of Latin decorare (see decorate).

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