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 Pavel Golovkin/Associated Press MOSCOW — The authorities in Moscow had spent millions on Christmas trees, sparkling lights and other holiday decorations, but the festive mood was still missing something: Winter weather. Ivan Nechepurenko, New York Times, "Amid Balmy Winter, Moscow Trucked in Heaps of Fake Snow. A Blizzard Ensued.," 30 Dec. 2019 What other seasonal decorations did Jenner buy at Target? Halie Lesavag, Glamour, "Not Even Kylie Jenner Can Resist Target's Christmas Decorations," 15 Dec. 2019 That goes for other non-organic decorations, like tinsel or artificial wreaths, which cannot be recycled. Emily Bamforth, cleveland, "How and where to recycle your broken holiday lights in Cuyahoga County," 3 Dec. 2019 Top with sprinkles or other simple decorations if desired. The Denver Post, "Who has time to decorate fancy cookies? Here are some easy (but delicious) recipes for your Christmas baking.," 3 Dec. 2019 While the candles are drying, make other Swedish decorations and enjoy a special treat. Holly Baumbach,, "Things to do in Chicago today | Dec. 3," 3 Dec. 2019 In downtown Towson, businesses are painting windows, tying ribbons and putting up other decorations, as the Towson Chamber of Commerce preps for its sixth annual Winterfest. Cody Boteler,, "Downtown Towson preps for 2019 holiday season," 2 Dec. 2019 Among the other decorations, holiday shoppers cruising through Walmart in Hampstead might notice a tree full of colorful paper tags. Catalina Righter,, "‘Angel tree’ set up in Hampstead as part of Carroll County police efforts to support local families," 27 Nov. 2019 Simonis said the letter did not address any of the other decorations in their yard. Minyvonne Burke, NBC News, "Texas family told to take down snowman because too early for Christmas decorations," 14 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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21 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Decoration.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 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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