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 Make sure to secure any remaining holiday decorations. Sarah Brookbank,, "Cincinnati weather: 3 inches of rain and a high near 70 this weekend," 9 Jan. 2020 Linda Porter, Blaine May the trumpets sound for the residents on Summit Avenue who adorn their dwellings with holiday decorations and lights. Sainted & Tainted Writers, Twin Cities, "Sainted: A little help turned into a lot of help. Thanks, Morgan!," 28 Dec. 2019 More holiday decorations have popped up inside stores, along with, proprietors say, more parents buying toys and clothing for children. Washington Post, "A fake Walmart, cases of Dom Pérignon and the almighty dollar. Inside socialist Venezuela’s chaotic embrace of the free market.," 25 Dec. 2019 Experience elaborate holiday decorations that will inspire your holiday décor, to the extreme. Holly Baumbach,, "Things to do in Chicago today | Dec. 11," 11 Dec. 2019 See more of the Tate’s dark holiday decorations below. Cady Lang, Time, "This British Museum's Eerie Christmas Decorations Celebrate the 'Depth of Darkness,' Winter Solstice's Pagan Origins," 4 Dec. 2019 Use a living Christmas tree for holiday decorations and then plant it in the landscape. Calvin Finch,, "The best living evergreen Christmas trees you can plant later in your San Antonio garden," 28 Nov. 2019 For the 29th straight year, the Governor’s Residence in Hartford will be open to the public for special tours to see Christmas trees and holiday decorations. Christopher Keating,, "The Governor’s Residence in Hartford will be open for Christmas tours starting Dec. 6," 27 Nov. 2019 Experience candles and holiday decorations along Union Avenue and enjoy special events and promotions from local galleries and restaurants. 4 p.m.-8 p.m. Susquehanna Lockhouse Museum, 817 Conesto St., Havre de Grace. Allana Haynes,, "15 things to do in Harford County this holiday season," 12 Nov. 2019

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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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7 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Decoration.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Feb. 2020.

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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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