[dek-er-uhs, dih-kawr-uhs, -kohr-]


characterized by dignified propriety in conduct, manners, appearance, character, etc.

Nearby words

  1. decoration day,
  2. decorative,
  3. decorative art,
  4. decorative arts,
  5. decorator,
  6. decorously,
  7. decorticate,
  8. decortication,
  9. decorum,
  10. decoupage

Origin of decorous

1655–65; < Latin decōrus seemly, becoming, derivative of decus; see decorate, -ous

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British Dictionary definitions for decorous



characterized by propriety in manners, conduct, etc
Derived Formsdecorously, adverbdecorousness, noun

Word Origin for decorous

C17: from Latin decōrus, from decor elegance

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Word Origin and History for decorous



1660s, from Latin decorus "becoming, seemly, fitting, proper," from decus (genitive decoris) "ornament" (see decorate). Related: Decorously; decorousness.

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