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

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The cost is $10 per day and boats must have a current and valid Ohio registration sticker or the alternative registration decal from the state. Sue Kiesewetter,, "Boating to be allowed for first time at Fairfield's Marsh Park," 20 June 2019 This was because the pencil had made lines through particles of a metallic powder produced in the factory, which were stuck to the decal through static. Emily Matchar, Smithsonian, "The Patents Behind Toy Story’s Beloved Characters," 14 June 2019 Spritzed with an extract from an Amazonian plant that briefly electrifies the palate, the decals are supposed to be palate cleansers. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, "Outside Houston, a chef with a flair for the avant-garde serves up three hours of sorcery," 11 June 2019 The show's still weeks away from its premiere, but these decals are already hotter than Drogon's breath: As of the time of this post, 11 people had them in their cart to buy, and 1,606 people had favorited the design. Candace Braun Davison, House Beautiful, "You Can Now Turn Your Toilet Into a Literal Iron Throne," 28 Mar. 2019 The street decals are part of a new outreach campaign from the city encouraging pedestrians to cross the street safely. Andy Nguyen,, "Street decals bring safety messages for Glendale pedestrians," 1 May 2018 The bikes are black and decorated with blue Citi Bike decals that sport a lightning bolt. Paul Berger, WSJ, "Citi Bike Goes Electric, Giving Riders Uphill Relief," 20 Aug. 2018 Sparkling against her mauve reptile Roberto Cavalli dress and matching clutch, Lopez’s talons were emblazoned with a variety of one hundred-dollar bill decals and dotted with micro rhinestones to light-catching effect. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "Jennifer Lopez’s Next-Level “Dinero” Manicure Is Worth a Double Take at the Billboard Music Awards," 21 May 2018 Among the items: a Nazi swastika pendant, and a hangman’s noose decal, a cross burning baby onesie. Frank Witsil, Detroit Free Press, "Amazon blasted for offering merchandise promoting white supremacy," 6 July 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

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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