decal

noun

de·​cal ˈdē-ˌkal How to pronounce decal (audio) di-ˈkal How to pronounce decal (audio)
Canadian usually
ˈde-kəl How to pronounce decal (audio)
: a picture, design, or label made to be transferred (as to glass) from specially prepared paper

Examples of decal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web These versatile decals add a Swiftie touch to not just scrapbooks but also laptops or water bottles. Dhara Patel, Peoplemag, 11 Nov. 2023 On a recent afternoon in Heihe, lines of diesel freight trucks with decals of snarling bears, a symbol of Russia, on their drivers’ doors waited to be driven across an Amur River bridge to Russia. Keith Bradsher, New York Times, 21 Dec. 2023 Her middle and pinky fingers looked like they were covered with a sheer mint hue and silver decals. Gabi Thorne, Allure, 29 Aug. 2023 There was an entire department dedicated to decals, which were used on the cars, props and signage. Emily Zemler, Los Angeles Times, 12 Jan. 2024 Michigan helmet sticker types The Wolverines' decals are not a catch-all. Kevin Skiver, Detroit Free Press, 8 Jan. 2024 Even subtle twitches, however, create a burst of flash thanks to the high chrome finish and holographic decals. Joe Cermele, Field & Stream, 4 Jan. 2024 Maybe even add some textured groves or unexpected decals. Audrey Noble, Vogue, 26 Dec. 2023 Brittney Boyce is a nail artist and founder of Nails of LA nail wraps, decals, and press-ons. Chloe Metzger, Allure, 24 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History

Etymology

short for decalcomania

First Known Use

1937, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of decal was in 1937

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“Decal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/decal. Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

decal

noun
de·​cal ˈdē-ˌkal How to pronounce decal (audio) di-ˈkal How to pronounce decal (audio)
ˈdek-əl
: a picture, design, or label made to be transferred (as to glass) from specially prepared paper
Etymology

a shortened form of earlier decalcomania "the art of transferring pictures," from French décalcomanie (same meaning), from décalquer "to copy by tracing" and manie "mania, craze"

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