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 Kern County city, which is about 31 miles from Bakersfield, previously approved a proposal to add the motto to decals on police cars. Julia Wick, Los Angeles Times, "Newsletter: More details emerge in the Gilroy shooting," 30 July 2019 Vial of Life decals or complete kits may also be requested by calling the health department at 860-774-7350., "Community News For The Putnam-Killingly Edition," 22 July 2019 Lorenzen, the former Highlands and University of Kentucky standout quarterback who died July 3, will be memorialized via decal on the JD Motorsports with Gary Keller No. Jason Hoffman,, "Jared Lorenzen to be honored in Alsco 300 at Kentucky Speedway Friday night," 11 July 2019 Many have both Uber and Lyft decals on their windows. Carolyn Said,, "Facing AB5, Uber’s Tony West discusses improving drivers’ lot," 11 July 2019 The changes will be rolled out in August, but the city only plans to replace flags and decals on city buildings or vehicles as they are replaced. Paulina Pineda, azcentral, "Chandler employees to use Waymo autonomous vehicles on the job," 1 July 2019 Wide, 47mm tires make transitioning from pavement to unpaved paths easy and fun, while front and rear light, powered by a dynamo in the front hub, and reflective decals on the frame help the rider see and be seen. Bradley Ford, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Commuter Bikes for Any Commute," 16 May 2019 The Oregon State Police superintendent this summer responded to criticism from some retirees who accused the agency of wading into politics by outfitting a patrol car with temporary rainbow decals in honor of Pride Month., "Oregon state police car decorated for Pride riles some retired troopers," 20 Aug. 2019 The dinner event also focused on menopause, and Eckert’s new products in development, including a decal that detects date rape drugs in drinks and a flushable pregnancy test. Halley Bondy, NBC News, "In the know: Women in the news 8/12-8/16," 16 Aug. 2019

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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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