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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Steel pans are the decorations that matter most, though — steel pans filled with lamb vindaloo that needed no special instructions to bring the heat, roiling with chile heat over tender cubes of lamb that soaked up the buttery sauce. Mike Sutter, San Antonio Express-News, "Review: India Oven brings the heat on West Avenue," 12 July 2018 The Medal of Honor is the highest military decoration given by the U.S government. Edgar Thompson,, "Patriotism gets big boost at Daytona," 8 July 2018 At the board's May 13 meeting, there was a discussion outlining how the decoration of caps should be governed. Steve Smith, Courant Community, "Board Denies Decorated Mortarboards," 19 June 2018 In a surveillance video, tourists can be seen bracing for cover as the decoration falls on them. Travis Fedschun, Fox News, "Tourists injured after ceiling collapses on escalator in China," 19 June 2018 The mom chose a romantic flower crown and floral dress for the occasion, complementing the pink ensembles worn by the baby's four godmothers and the decorations in the Royal Chapel. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Princess Adrienne’s Christening Gown Has a Significant Meaning to the Swedish Royal Family," 13 June 2018 The Florida Marine’s decorations include the Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal. Carl Prine,, "Charges at Marine unit include kidnapping, firearms, domestic abuse and more," 9 June 2018 The inspiration is an ossuary, the crypts of the cardinals, of the monks in the 15th century, and the precious decorations. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Gucci's Cruise 2019 Runway Was On Fire—Literally," 31 May 2018 The inspiration is an ossuary, the crypts of the cardinals, of the monks in the 15th century, and the precious decorations. Sarah Spellings, The Cut, "9 References to Death in Gucci’s Cruise Show," 31 May 2018

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First Known Use of decoration

1585, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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