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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Recent Examples on the Web All decoration and artistry takes place on their surfaces. Lee Lawrence, WSJ, "‘The Kimono in Print: 300 Years of Japanese Design’ Review: Clothes as Canvas," 27 Feb. 2021 Whether sharply angled or gracefully curved, the outlines of modernity signal a purity, one unblemished by gimmicky gesture or fussy decoration. New York Times, "A Majestic Collar Worthy of a Superhero," 15 Feb. 2021 Yards and porches became mini tributes to the festival days, with costumes, decoration, music (thank you WWOZ) and, naturally, food. Ian Mcnulty,, "Ian McNulty: In hard times, New Orleans food still carries the heart of Mardi Gras," 9 Feb. 2021 That symbol on one side isn’t just branding or decoration. Kim Komando, USA TODAY, "10 smart tech tricks you’ll wish you knew sooner," 31 Dec. 2020 As part of this renovation project, Buatta was mainly responsible for the decoration of Lee House, while Hampton took on Blair House. Mary Elizabeth Andriotis, House Beautiful, "Blair House, Where Joe Biden Will Stay Before the Inauguration, Has a Starry Design Legacy," 15 Jan. 2021 Park staff members are responsible for the idea behind the Yule Lads and for most of the construction and decoration. Mary Jane Brewer, cleveland, "Keep an eye out for Yule troublemakers on Medina County hike," 31 Dec. 2020 For Carnival 2021, New Orleanians are substituting elaborate home decoration for the parades that were forbidden due to the coronavirus contagion. Doug Maccash | Staff Writer,, "A trove of Dolly Parton swag arrives at Dolly-themed float house in New Orleans," 30 Jan. 2021 All craft storage, for instance, is currently 50% off, while Christmas decoration organizers are also half off. Melissa Lee, USA TODAY, "7 sales that will up your home organization game on the cheap," 21 Jan. 2021

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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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3 Mar 2021

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“Decoration.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Mar. 2021.

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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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