dec·​o·​rat·​ed ˈde-kə-ˌrā-təd How to pronounce decorated (audio)
: having been awarded a mark or marks of honor
Jimmy Stewart, a decorated World War II bomber pilot, had fought for the part with studio executives who considered the 49-year-old actor a bit long in the tooth to play a pilot half his age.Patricia Trenner
: furnished with something ornamental
… the time-honored tradition of parades featuring themed decorated floats …Tiana Kennell
Decorated tin boxes were made in large quantities from the 1820s to the close of the nineteenth century.William C. Ketchum, Jr.
Maker's marks appear frequently in the basal rings of Chinese vessels, but this writing is unusual because it appears on the decorated surface of the object.Daniel Finamore

Word History

First Known Use

circa 1727, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of decorated was circa 1727

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“Decorated.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

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