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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Sherman Samuel suggested a Pink Marble pattern from her Lulu & Georgia wallpaper collection for the more intimate glassed-in showroom, with flooring that's a vinyl decal from Atrafloor but looks like stone and brass inlay from a distance. Jessica Ritz,, "A DTLA jewelry designer's studio and showroom get a shining makeover," 26 May 2018 Pennsylvania court records also show Mr. Bowers had a 2015 traffic citation for operating a vehicle without an identification decal. Erin Ailworth, WSJ, "Pittsburgh Shooting Suspect Pleads Not Guilty," 1 Nov. 2018 Federal authorities also seized a white van with decals on the windows, according to CNN and the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. Jen Kirby, Vox, "Pipe bomb suspect charged: what we know," 26 Oct. 2018 These intricate constellation designs can be easily achieved with nail decals from Etsy. Bella Cacciatore, Glamour, "Astrology Nails Are Blowing Up on Instagram," 27 Sep. 2018 According to a town press release, volunteers will be able to more easily locate veteran graves this year due to recent improvements to the Flags on Graves Program, which placed special US Veteran decals at each veterans’ headstone. Jennifer Fenn Lefferts,, "Volunteers needed to place Memorial Day flags," 2 May 2018 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

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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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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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