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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For the Portuguese, tiles are more than just decoration, said Maria Antónia Pinto de Matos, director of Lisbon’s National Tile Museum. J.s. Marcus, WSJ, "A Portuguese Palace That’s a Tile Lover’s Dream Destination," 5 July 2018 From now until September 3, the Magic Kingdom’s Tomorrowland will get an Incredibles overlay with decorations and music inspired by the original movie and its new sequel. USA TODAY, "Disney parks celebrate Pixar on both coasts," 29 June 2018 There was a decoration of some kind of Asian bird, a crane stencilled cheaply over a body of water, and a Korean Air calendar. Gary Shteyngart, The New Yorker, "The Luck of Kokura," 18 June 2018 People also wore green at memorial services today and the neighborhood surrounding Grenfell was adorned with green decorations, BBC reports. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Queen Wore Green at Her First Event with Meghan Markle for a Significant Reason," 14 June 2018 Recently, an Alabama family spotted a man on their home-security camera stealing Christmas decorations from their lawn and front porch. Anna Zambelli, Good Housekeeping, "Ho Ho No! Mystery Thief Caught on a Home Security Cam Stealing Christmas Decor," 1 Dec. 2015 Chatterbox Jazz Club Dusty decorations, checkered-flag pennants and colorful Christmas lights adorn this local jazz bar that oozes diveyness. Sarah Bahr, Indianapolis Star, "Ultimate Indiana bucket list: 50+ things to do in Indianapolis and around the state," 11 July 2018 That includes Halloween decorations, candy, and costumes. Lauren Smith, Good Housekeeping, "18 Fascinating Things You Didn't Know About Halloween," 7 July 2018 This weekend many Oak Grove residents will drape Christmas lights or other decorations in Paradowski’s honor. Bill Bannks, ajc, "Tony Paradowski, 60: Decatur’s maestro of Christmas-light magic," 22 June 2018

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First Known Use of decoration

1585, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of decoration was in 1585

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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)


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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