dec·​o·​ra·​tion ˌde-kə-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce decoration (audio)
: the act or process of decorating
: something that adorns, enriches, or beautifies : ornament
: a badge of honor (such as a U.S. military award)

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.
Recent Examples on the Web Kris Jenner, 68, went all out with her Easter decorations, according to photos her daughters shared. Gabrielle Rockson, Peoplemag, 2 Apr. 2024 Easter cookie preparations start as early as January, when Wong brainstorms a list of design ideas and tests out decorations. Stephanie Lam, The Mercury News, 30 Mar. 2024 Seven of these plates are believed to be alms dishes, which display ornate decorations. Brendan Rascius, Miami Herald, 28 Mar. 2024 Its eclectic decorations and cocktails set it apart. Gina Lee Castro, Journal Sentinel, 28 Mar. 2024 Made for ages 6 and up, the kit includes everything your crew needs to create Easter crafts, like cardstock eggs with fun pom poms and more decorations. Maya Polton, Parents, 18 Mar. 2024 Israeli border police patrolled the streets of the Old City's Muslim quarter — an area that is usually bustling with people and adorned with lights, lanterns and decorations during Ramadan. Chantal Da Silva, NBC News, 12 Mar. 2024 Next up was vanilla soft serve that was flattened to allow for decorations. Antonia Debianchi, Peoplemag, 23 Mar. 2024 Both efforts, though, were met with criticism, as were Melania’s choices for the annual holiday decorations. Martha Ross, The Mercury News, 21 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1585, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of decoration was in 1585

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Cite this Entry

“Decoration.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


dec·​o·​ra·​tion ˌdek-ə-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce decoration (audio)
: the act or action of decorating
: something that decorates or beautifies : ornament
holiday decorations
: a badge of honor (as a medal, cross, or ribbon)

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