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)

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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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Without further ado, these are the celebrity Christmas decorations from this year that are perfectly on-brand. Vogue, "Which Celebrity Christmas Decorations Are Perfectly On-Brand? Let Us Show You," 14 Dec. 2018 In hindsight, this was probably a terrible idea, but what first-apartment decoration really ever is? Bella Cacciatore, Glamour, "I Can't Stop Buying Plants Even Though They Always Die," 9 Jan. 2019 It had been looted in antiquity, but the beautiful decorations inside were still intact. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Take a VR Tour of an Egyptian Queen’s Elaborate Tomb," 12 July 2018 All decorations must be up by Oct. 21 and the winners will be selected the following week by the beautification committee. Erik S. Hanley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "How can you win money and help beautify South Milwaukee? The new 'Beautification Awards'," 30 May 2018 The first decoration Gina Potter took into her new office is a three-piece canvas painting of a plum blossom tree. David Hernandez,, "'We need to heal, then we need to build the future:' New San Ysidro superintendent feels hopeful," 15 May 2018 The grave decoration is a tradition established more than 60 years ago by John Sterba and Catholic War Veterans Post 579. Plain Dealer Staff,, "Volunteers sought to place flags at Holy Cross Cemetery veterans graves for Memorial Day," 11 May 2018 The decorations were from Walmart ; the homemade potato salad was excellent. Karl Rove, WSJ, "Paul Ryan’s Departure Is a Pity," 11 Apr. 2018 And the way the decorations are handled is particularly nicely done. Richard A. Marini, San Antonio Express-News, "Glossy picture book celebrates Texas A&M architecture," 22 Feb. 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 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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