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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The restaurant has a 1920s auto-shop vibe with many of the decorations and tableware being inspired by old automotive parts and tools as well as gas pumps, signs and other decor. Austen Erblat,, "Revved-up restaurant: Ford’s Garage coming to Palm Beach County mall," 7 June 2019 Bring beauty into your home life through decoration and sustenance. Randon Rosenbohm, Allure, "What May’s Aquarius Horoscope Predictions Mean for You," 30 Apr. 2019 Besides the traditional, eye-level wall decoration, art can do double duty in a home that's lacking in trim, molding, or other interesting architectural details. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "9 Foolproof Tips for Decorating with Art," 13 May 2019 Additionally, each site will include costumes, props, weapons, set decorations, art files, models and other production materials, along with interactive materials for visitor participation. Michelle Gant, Fox News, "'Game of Thrones' filming locations in Northern Ireland to open as tourist attractions," 24 Sep. 2018 Remember over the holidays, when people were freaking out over the red Christmas trees the Trumps picked as decorations? Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Of Course Melania Trump’s White House Birthday Card Is Becoming a Meme," 26 Apr. 2019 The most common type, the garden folly, pops up throughout the formal gardens of 18th-century Britain and France in the form of pagodas, temples, and faux ruins, for example, simply as decoration. Lauren Ro, Curbed, "Here’s your chance to live in a gothic tower," 12 June 2018 Everything from the costumes and food to the artwork and decorations was donated in support of Schow's parents' plan for their daughter's fairy tale ball. Sasha Henriques, Woman's Day, "5-Year-Old with Terminal Cancer Has a Birthday Party, Wedding and Prom All At Once," 4 Aug. 2015 Considering all the other gorgeous decorations in the background, the black-and-white photo is easy to miss. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Queen Elizabeth II’s Christmas Message Features a Rare Prince Charles Photo," 25 Dec. 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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