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

As a news helicopter followed the covered vehicle, the wind blew the tarp off, revealing windows packed with decals of Donald Trump and other Republican figures. Bijan Stephen, The Verge, "That Trump tank meme on Cesar Sayoc’s van was made as a joke, creator says," 26 Oct. 2018 The water basin itself is inlaid with butterfly mosaics, while the surrounding glass walls and floors feature pill decals. Christina Liao, Vogue, "Inside the World’s Most Expensive Hotel Suite, Designed by Damien Hirst," 1 Mar. 2019 Instead, football players will wear helmet decals with her initials to mourn the loss. Lucia I. Suarez Sang, Fox News, "Celia Barquin Arozamena's hometown in Spain mourns her death: 'She was in the best moment of her life'," 19 Sep. 2018 This week, Starbucks unveiled a collection of decals in collaboration with SkinnyDip London. Tess Garcia, Teen Vogue, "Starbucks and SkinnyDip London Collaborated on Pumpkin Spice Latte Nail Decals," 13 Oct. 2018 Roughly 60 decals were installed last week and can be found on a stretch of the boulevard from Colorado Street to the 134 Freeway. Andy Nguyen,, "Street decals bring safety messages for Glendale pedestrians," 1 May 2018 One fan got especially lavish with their creation, and showed off a manicure with an ombre effect, flower decals, and the song title. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Manicures Inspired by Ariana Grande’s “Thank U, Next” Have Arrived on Instagram," 26 Nov. 2018 In addition to traditional hate symbols such as the swastika and Confederate were found, there were also products such as a noose vehicle decal, evoking the lynchings of African-Americans during the Jim Crow era. Mike Snider, USA TODAY, "Amazon profits by not banning white supremacists and 'peddlers of hate,' report charges," 6 July 2018 Clad in all-white jerseys and helmet decals featuring the faces of the victims, the lacrosse team released 17 angel balloons before Friday night’s game, honoring the fallen members of the community. Wells Dusenbury,, "Stoneman Douglas lacrosse tops Cardinal Gibbons in first home game since the Parkland shooting," 10 Mar. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'decal.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of decal

1937, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for decal

short for decalcomania

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about decal

Statistics for decal

Last Updated

24 Mar 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for decal

The first known use of decal was in 1937

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for decal



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

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on decal

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with decal

Spanish Central: Translation of decal

Nglish: Translation of decal for Spanish Speakers Encyclopedia article about decal

Comments on decal

What made you want to look up decal? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


grandiloquent, ostentatious, or bombastic

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Original Meanings Quiz

  • rembrandt-painting-a-young-scholar-and-his-tutor
  • Which of the following is the earliest known sense of the word awe?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?


Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.


Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!