de·​cal·​co·​ma·​nia | \ di-ˌkal-kə-ˈmā-nē-ə How to pronounce decalcomania (audio) \

Definition of decalcomania

1 : the art or process of transferring pictures and designs from specially prepared paper (as to glass)
2 : decal

Examples of decalcomania in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web To bring her surrealist works to life, British artist Ithell Colquhoun employed techniques ranging from fumage to decalcomania, entopic graphomania and parsemage. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, 17 July 2019

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

First Known Use of decalcomania

1864, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for decalcomania

French décalcomanie, from décalquer to copy by tracing (from dé- de- + calquer to trace, from Italian calcare, literally, to tread, from Latin) + manie mania, from Late Latin mania — more at caulk

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More About decalcomania

Time Traveler for decalcomania

Time Traveler

The first known use of decalcomania was in 1864

See more words from the same year

Statistics for decalcomania

Cite this Entry

“Decalcomania.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More from Merriam-Webster on decalcomania Encyclopedia article about decalcomania


Test Your Vocabulary

Return of Name that Color!

  • a light greenish blue color
  • Name that color:
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

 AlphaBear 2

Spell words. Make bears.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

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