dec·​o·​ra·​tion | \ ˌde-kə-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce decoration (audio) \

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)

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.
Recent Examples on the Web Make your own easy Valentine's Day decoration in just five steps. Sarah Martens, Better Homes & Gardens, 9 Aug. 2022 Placing your pumpkin on a table or stand will showcase your spooky decoration while also keeping it safe from any curious critters! Taylor Worden, Good Housekeeping, 2 June 2022 His pre-war decoration was cleaned and repaired, and the color incredible. Vogue, 2 June 2022 This class is an hour longer than most Farr teaches, because this is not your typical Easter egg decoration. Keith Bierygolick, The Enquirer, 14 Apr. 2022 Plus, the monster doubles as a winning Halloween decoration. Leigh Crandall, Country Living, 1 Sep. 2022 These shelves now serve primarily as decoration or reference or as a lending library for guests. Nora Krug, Washington Post, 28 July 2022 Hung casually under an arbor or in between patio walls, twinkle lights are more for decoration and help set the mood for a fun, relaxing night under the stars. Emily Vanschmus, Better Homes & Gardens, 11 Aug. 2022 Jenkins noted the lighthouse gets decorated for the holidays, while its single bulb automatically switches on at sunset, though that’s strictly for decoration. René A. Guzman, San Antonio Express-News, 7 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of decoration

1585, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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23 Sep 2022

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“Decoration.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Oct. 2022.

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dec·​o·​ra·​tion | \ ˌde-kə-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce decoration (audio) \

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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