decorum

[ dih-kawr-uhm, -kohr- ]
/ dɪˈkɔr əm, -ˈkoʊr- /

noun

dignified propriety of behavior, speech, dress, etc.
the quality or state of being decorous, or exhibiting such dignified propriety; orderliness; regularity.
Usually decorums. an observance or requirement of polite society.

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Origin of decorum

1560–70; < Latin decōrum, noun use of neuter of decōrus decorous

Definition for decorum (2 of 2)

dulce et decorum est pro patria mori
[ doo l-ke et de-koh-room est proh pah-tree-ah moh-ree; English duhl-see et di-kawr-uh m est proh pey-tree-uh mawr-ahy, mohr-ahy, -kohr-uh m ]
/ ˈdʊl kɛ ɛt dɛˈkoʊ rum ɛst proʊ ˈpɑ triˌɑ ˈmoʊ ri; English ˈdʌl si ɛt dɪˈkɔr əm ɛst proʊ ˈpeɪ tri ə ˈmɔr aɪ, ˈmoʊr aɪ, -ˈkoʊr əm /

Latin.

sweet and fitting it is to die for one's country.
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British Dictionary definitions for decorum

decorum
/ (dɪˈkɔːrəm) /

noun

propriety, esp in behaviour or conduct
a requirement of correct behaviour in polite society

Word Origin for decorum

C16: from Latin: propriety
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