de·cal | \ˈdē-ˌkal, di-ˈkal; Canadian usually ˈde-kəl \

Definition of decal 

: a picture, design, or label made to be transferred (as to glass) from specially prepared paper

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Early renderings show a train wrapped in a pink ribbon decal with Hello Kitty character illustrations greeting passengers at the door. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Hello Kitty bullet train unveiled in Japan," 27 June 2018 Narrow headlights are connected by gloss black wings, with the Toyota logo in the middle, under a wide black hood decal. Emma Jayne Williams, star-telegram, "Toyota introduces new Adventure modelto the lineup of its 2018 RAV4 crossover," 23 June 2018 With heavy metal, Chinoiserie, and Western influences (along with cheeky 'Made in China' decals), the collection made for a giant melting pot of Americana culture—and that was precisely Wang's point. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Alexander Wang's "Immigrant Americana" Runway Included Bandanas, Biker Gear, and Childish Gambino," 4 June 2018 The stereotypical combination of a gun rack and Rebel flag decal once conjured images of night-riding, racist thugs. James C. Cobb, Smithsonian, "The Pickup Truck’s Transformation From Humble Workhorse to Fancy Toy," 3 July 2018 Luckily, one Texas hero has placed decals on a Range Rover explaining to other drivers the rules of the road. William Axford, Houston Chronicle, "Texas driver's decals explain to everyone the rules of the road," 16 Feb. 2018 Meanwhile, his father meticulously affixes a sponsor's decal to the back of his son's racing helmet. Clifton Brown, Indianapolis Star, "Day in the life of an Indy 500 driver: Jack Harvey endures emotional ride on Bump Day," 21 May 2018 Giant decals that encase cars with corporate logos and brand messages. Carolyn Said, San Francisco Chronicle, "Some Uber, Lyft drivers have a side hustle: mobile billboards," 6 Apr. 2018 Customers may renew their vehicle registrations and immediately receive current decals for their license plates. Karen Huppertz, ajc, "Gwinnett announces new self-service kiosks for tag renewal," 29 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of decal

1937, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for decal

short for decalcomania

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The first known use of decal was in 1937

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English Language Learners Definition of decal

: a picture, design, or label that will stick to the surface on which it is placed after the paper on the back of it is removed


de·cal | \ˈdē-ˌkal \

Kids Definition of decal

: a design made to be transferred (as to glass) from specially prepared paper

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