de·cor | \ dā-ˈkȯr , di-ˈ ; ˈde-ˌkȯr , ˈdā-ˌ \
variants: or décor

Definition of decor 

1 : a stage setting the symbolic nature of the decor —E. R. Bentley

2a : decoration sense 2

b : the style and layout of interior furnishings the restaurant's modern decor

Examples of decor in a Sentence

The store offers a lot in home decor. a minimalist approach has been taken with the stage decor for this production of the play

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The restaurant is known for its hippie decor, much of it donated by fans, and from-scratch comfort food like steaks branded with peace signs, Wavy Gravy Fries and Lava Lamp Wings dripping with garlic hot sauce. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "Tie Dye Grill is closing, for good this time. Say goodbye to one of Indy's best tenderloins.," 9 July 2018 Parisians and tourists alike enjoy their typical decor — zinc counters, wooden tables and wine bottles for decoration. Washington Post, "AP PHOTOS: Paris bistros seek UN status as cultural gems," 5 July 2018 Like the original restaurant at 317 N. 76th St., the Shorewood location has Art Deco elements to its decor. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Blue's Egg opens Tuesday in Shorewood," 28 May 2018 Their decor has come as the biggest shock to Raque, who describes the setting as a fancy tea room, with its Edison bulb lights and beveled mirrors. Bailey Loosemore, The Courier-Journal, "80/20 at Kaelin's wants to honor restaurant's history - not imitate it," 24 May 2018 Tarpon Bend, with its loft-like decor, live music performances and hip urban clientele, drew hearty lunch-time crowds of hungry workers to the area. Howard Cohen, miamiherald, "Tarpon Bend's flagship location closing after helping revitalize a hip urban block | Miami Herald," 18 May 2018 The small chain, with its Western-themed decor, eventually had four locations: on Bourbon Street, South Carrollton Avenue, the West Bank and Airline Highway. Todd A. Price,, "Do you remember Buck Forty-Nine? A lost New Orleans restaurant," 15 May 2018 It was designed for Sony’s Life Space UX series of products, which focuses on aesthetically pleasing gadgets that blend in with your home decor. Emily Heller, The Verge, "Last minute Mother’s Day gifts, discounts on laptops, and an iPhone X bundle," 12 May 2018 Cozy's Cafe in Liberty Township, with its country-crafty decor,seems made for a certain kind of Mom. Polly Campbell,, "Where to go on Mother's Day in Cincinnati," 1 May 2018

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First Known Use of decor

1897, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for decor

French décor, from décorer to decorate, from Latin decorare

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The first known use of decor was in 1897

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English Language Learners Definition of decor

: the way that a room or the inside of a building is decorated

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the setting in which something occurs

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