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 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 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

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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

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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