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 The decoration was the hit of our neighborhood — Takahara Heights — that year. Jo Stougaard, Los Angeles Times, 17 June 2021 Silver overlay is relatively rare on Rookwood items, but the bigger the piece, the more artistic decoration (both underglaze painting and that applied by the silver company, which was usually Gorham). Helaine Fendelman And Joe Rosson, Star Tribune, 15 June 2021 Vazquez and Campbell wanted to provide a special Pride experience for their 16-month-old son, Rocco, but had no idea the decoration would resonate with so many others. Raquel Zaldivar,, 15 June 2021 The decoration will be given on Friday, the same day the president holds a bilateral meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in. Molly Nagle, ABC News, 21 May 2021 But locals have spent their time and effort working on safe alternative celebrations to keep the spirit of Carnival alive—including the decoration of hundreds of houses in the style of Mardi Gras floats. Alan Taylor, The Atlantic, 9 Feb. 2021 Excellent service from an experienced waiter, the hospitable owner, the modern decoration and fair pricing also enhanced her experience. Samantha Chery,, 24 June 2021 Feminine dress codes — bright colors, decoration, vivacity — have long been seen as the attire of the powerless. Washington Post, 21 May 2021 Other volunteers help with elaborate table settings and decoration projects. Martha Shade, CNN, 9 May 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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25 Jul 2021

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“Decoration.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Jul. 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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