de·​cal | \ ˈdē-ˌkal How to pronounce decal (audio) , di-ˈkal; Canadian usually ˈde-kəl How to pronounce decal (audio) \

Definition of decal

: 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 This all-purpose Giro helmet is well equipped for road or trail jaunts, with 22 vents for air circulation, a reflective rear decal, and a removable visor. Sara Hendricks, USA TODAY, "10 great bike helmets to get right now," 23 June 2020 Park officials don't know who put a decal on the sign at George Todd Park to change it to George Floyd Park, but they were impressed by the craftsmanship. David Williams, CNN, "Somebody used a decal to rename a Minneapolis park after George Floyd," 16 June 2020 The Wright Museum is also working with the cultural district, allowing some time to do thorough cleanings, apply floor decals and reorganize for social distancing protocol, said Ed Foxworth, the museum's director of external affairs. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Metro Detroit museums not ready to open doors anytime soon," 8 June 2020 Signage and floor decals encourage customers and employees to keep six feet distance from others. Sarah Hauer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "34 Kohl's stores reopen in Wisconsin Friday with all 41 stores statewide open by Tuesday," 21 May 2020 Other changes include requiring associates to wear masks and installing social distancing floor decals. Harmeet Kaur, CNN, "When store workers are forced to turn sheriff," 20 May 2020 Floor decals at entrances and checkouts help encourage social distancing. Shwanika Narayan,, "These are the shopping policies in effect at the Bay Area’s biggest grocery stores," 14 May 2020 At Target, workers in April were given masks and gloves to wear, signs were hung and floor decals placed to encourage customers and workers to stay 6 feet apart, and contactless order pickup has been made available. NBC News, "Target, Walmart workers and others plan 'sickout' protests over coronavirus safety," 9 Apr. 2020 Other social-distancing measures across Kroger stores include the installation of Plexiglass barriers at cash registers and other counters, floor decals to promote physical distancing and greater use of masks and gloves by associates. Helena Wegner, azcentral, "Supermarkets are rewriting their playbooks to deal with demand, safety. Here's how things stand in metro Phoenix," 8 Apr. 2020

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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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7 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Decal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of decal

US : 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 How to pronounce decal (audio) \

Kids Definition of decal

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

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