dec·​o·​ra·​tive | \ ˈde-k(ə-)rə-tiv How to pronounce decorative (audio) , ˈde-kə-ˌrā- \

Definition of decorative

: serving to decorate especially : purely ornamental

Other Words from decorative

decoratively adverb
decorativeness noun

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Examples of decorative in a Sentence

We added some decorative details to the room. The handles are decorative and practical.
Recent Examples on the Web While better known for his leaded-glass lamps, Tiffany had a hand in everything from the exterior of the house to the decorative objects and wallpaper. Tori Latham, Robb Report, 8 May 2022 Grab them to show off a collection of decorative objects, succulents or small framed photos. Monique Valeris, Good Housekeeping, 19 Apr. 2022 Then splice in contemporary decorative objects to add personality. Hadley Mendelsohn, House Beautiful, 13 Apr. 2022 The exhibition, which includes exquisite decorative objects and drawings, film cels and renderings by Disney artisans, raises essential questions about any artistic age or period. Washington Post, 6 Jan. 2022 This has simultaneously inspired a resurgence in natural surfaces—think stoneware, terracotta, marble, and travertine being used across the board from backsplashes to bathtubs, furniture, and decorative objects. Elise Taylor, Vogue, 3 Jan. 2022 Along with special holiday items, these shops go well beyond the ubiquitous pretty postcards with a unique array of designer and reproduction jewelry, scarves, books, prints, toys, decorative objects, kitchenware and more. Irene S. Levine, Forbes, 10 Dec. 2021 The bones of red deer, roe deer, and boar were made into wind instruments and decorative objects. Nick Squires, The Christian Science Monitor, 29 Oct. 2021 Costco's online store ( is also selling a decorative box of four, double-egg yolk and lotus paste mooncakes for $39.99. Priscilla Totiyapungprasert, The Arizona Republic, 17 Sep. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of decorative

1791, in the meaning defined above

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15 May 2022

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“Decorative.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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dec·​o·​ra·​tive | \ ˈde-kə-rə-tiv How to pronounce decorative (audio) , ˈde-krə- \

Kids Definition of decorative

: serving to improve appearance : ornamental Decorative banners were hung for the fair.

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