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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But that includes breaking things up with measured spurts of decoration. J.s. Marcus, WSJ, "Reviving the Heart of Rome by Adding Nordic Style," 15 Jan. 2019 While the rest of Miley's family has yet to post any more pictures from the wedding, Her brother new fiancé, Stella McBride, posted some photos that shows off a balloon arch and some other decorations that haven't been seen yet. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Billy Ray Cyrus Shares Sweet Pictures from Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth's Wedding," 28 Dec. 2018 Not sure about you, but as the weather gets chillier and festive decorations start to appear, the temptation for a midday Gingerbread Latte becomes too sweet to refuse, so half a dollar here and there can quickly add up! Rebecca Dancer, Teen Vogue, "Starbucks Gives Away Reusable Red Holiday Cups on November 2," 2 Nov. 2018 The band had been shaped and flattened to 0.75 to 1.5 inches wide and just 0.03 inches thick but bore no engravings or other decoration. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Find shows 4,000-year-old trade routes stretched from Carolinas to Great Lakes," 31 July 2018 On the walls behind the sofas are giant plasma-TV screens, while the space at the center of the room is filled with towering stacks of extraordinary books on art, decoration, history, and philosophy. Kennedy Fraser, Vogue, "From the Archives: Karl Lagerfeld, The Impresario," 19 Feb. 2019 For buttercream decorations, pipe and freeze until firm; transfer to cupcake. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Desert Bloom Cupcakes," 15 Feb. 2019 Upgrades over the centuries have left with it with elaborate stucco decorations, a massive stone staircase, and extravagant light fixtures that mark the introduction of electricity at the end of the 19th century. WSJ, "A Belgian Castle With a Heroic Past," 13 Feb. 2019 The family tries to keep their spirits up in the living room, where remnants from the basement are stored, including, as Harris (Emma Kenney) notes, quite a few Halloween decorations, a nod to the original series' famous holiday episodes. Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, "'Roseanne' season finale recap: State of emergency," 22 May 2018

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First Known Use of decoration

1585, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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