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decoration

[dek-uh-rey-shuh n]
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noun
  1. something used for decorating; adornment; embellishment: The gymnasium was adorned with posters and crepe-paper decorations for the dance.
  2. the act of decorating.
  3. interior decoration.
  4. a badge, medal, etc., conferred and worn as a mark of honor: a decoration for bravery.
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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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Related Words for redecoration

refurnishing, alteration, improvement, reconstruction, restoration, rearrangement, modernization, redecoration

Examples from the Web for redecoration

Historical Examples of redecoration

  • You promised all to me for the redecoration of the ceiling of the café.

    The Joyous Adventures of Aristide Pujol

    William J. Locke

  • For months beforehand workmen were employed in the renovation and redecoration of the Abbey and its precincts.

    Fifty-One Years of Victorian Life

    Margaret Elizabeth Leigh Child-Villiers, Countess of Jersey

  • The fervour for redecoration even affected me: was not my hutch to share the common lot?

    The Bonadventure

    Edmund Blunden

  • Now suppose the engagement was broken off, he would be free to do as he chose with the redecoration of the room.

    The Rough Road

    William John Locke

  • A whole tribe of workmen were hurriedly completing the furnishing and redecoration of the palace.

    Massimilla Doni

    Honore de Balzac


British Dictionary definitions for redecoration

decoration

noun
  1. an addition that renders something more attractive or ornate; adornment
  2. the act, process, or art of decorating
  3. a medal, badge, etc, conferred as a mark of honour
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Word Origin and History for redecoration

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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