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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Theatergoers flocked to Pier Sixty at Chelsea Piers after the show, where they were greeted by an indulgence of tinsel, glitter, and sequins (both in terms of the party decorations and the outfits on display). Keaton Bell, Vogue, "Kimye, Adam Rippon, Tina Fey, and More Came Out for The Cher Show’s Opening Night," 4 Dec. 2018 The arrival of the holidays usually triggers an explosion of over-the-top decorations, garish gift wrap, and antiquated recipes. ELLE Decor, "This Holiday Party Is Anything But Traditional—And We're Obsessed," 30 Nov. 2018 Just look at The Home Depot's new holly jolly selection of indoor and outdoor Christmas decorations. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "Here's Your First Look at The Home Depot's Best New Christmas Decorations," 14 Oct. 2018 The honeymoon stage of Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson's relationship has arrived, and it's arrived in the form of minimal household decoration. Devon Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Pete Davidson Describes His and Ariana Grande's $16 Million Apartment Decor," 16 Aug. 2018 Two years ago, a Joe’s Crab Shack in Minnesota was caught using a photo of a black man’s lynching as part of a table decoration. Zlati Meyer, USA TODAY, "Starbucks arrests: Restaurant racism is as old as the U.S.," 20 Apr. 2018 Harry looked dashing as always in a fitted grey suit and his military decorations, but unsurprisingly, all eyes were on Meghan. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle's $56 ASOS Dress Is Back in Stock in Time for Christmas," 17 Dec. 2018 One of my favorite holiday decorations is: magnolia garland. Rima Suqi, WSJ, "Holiday Entertaining Tips From the Party Planner to Presidents," 16 Nov. 2018 The Tiffanys bought the property in 1995 and created a cozy, 37-seat neighborhood spot known for its quirky decorations and 1950s-dressed waitresses. Anna Muckerman,, "Peter's Inn launches Go Fund Me campaign to reopen in August," 11 July 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 \

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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