decoration

noun
dec·​o·​ra·​tion | \ ˌde-kə-ˈrā-shən \

Definition of decoration

1 : the act or process of decorating
2 : something that adorns, enriches, or beautifies : ornament
3 : a badge of honor (such as a U.S. military award)

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Examples of decoration in a Sentence

The vase has a fancy decoration on one side. a plain sweater knit without decoration He's a genius at home decoration. a unique style of decoration He received a decoration from the President.
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Don't feel weird about buying books for decoration. Danielle Tullo, House Beautiful, "Want an Instagram-Worthy Rainbow Bookshelf? Here's How to Actually Do It," 24 July 2018 Summer annuals provide the perfect hues for Independence Day decoration in the garden, on a deck, porch, balcony or tabletop. Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp, Indianapolis Star, "The Hoosier Gardener: Plant your red, white and blue," 3 July 2018 Myth: Cook the whole bird An entire turkey makes for an impressive table decoration, but most of the meat never gets eaten. Fox News, "6 biggest turkey myths debunked," 3 Nov. 2015 Inside, among the twinkling holiday decorations and bustling shoppers, an intimate crowd gathered at Blue Ribbon Sushi to toast Tamara Mellon and her namesake luxury line. Vogue, "Kris Jenner, Zoe Saldana, Storm Reid, and More Toast Tamara Mellon," 14 Dec. 2018 Once the Christmas branch was up and running, the next step in right-sizing my holiday was to rummage through The Box and edit my hoard of lights, ornaments, decorations and ephemera. Al Kemp, The Seattle Times, "How I came to grips with a downsized Christmas," 12 Dec. 2018 And the top printing designs aren’t hugely groundbreaking — many are trinkets, toys, decorations, and simple household items like electronics stands or cookie cutters. Adi Robertson, The Verge, "MakerBot’s new 3D printer shows how much it’s changed in nine years," 11 Dec. 2018 Once everything is sorted, start packing non-essential items (think: holiday decorations and craft supplies). Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "Follow This Weekly Moving Checklist for a Smooth, Stress-Free Transition," 5 Dec. 2018 Along with the remains of at least nine people, the tomb contained lavish decorations and funerary goods, including four small jugs. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Israeli tomb contains a tasty surprise: Vanilla extract," 20 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of decoration

1585, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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decoration

noun

English Language Learners Definition of decoration

: something that is added to something else to make it more attractive
: the act of decorating something (such as a room)
: a medal or award that is given to someone for doing something brave or honorable (such as fighting bravely in a war)

decoration

noun
dec·​o·​ra·​tion | \ ˌde-kə-ˈrā-shən \

Kids Definition of decoration

1 : the act of adding things to improve the appearance of something
2 : something that adds beauty
3 : a badge of honor

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