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dec·​o·​ra·​tor ˈde-kə-ˌrā-tər How to pronounce decorator (audio)
: one that decorates
especially : one that designs or executes interiors and their furnishings


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: suitable for interior decoration
decorator fabrics

Examples of decorator in a Sentence

Noun They hired a decorator to redesign their dining room.
Recent Examples on the Web
National grocery store chains are looking to fill multiple positions across the Sacramento region, from cashiers to cake decorators. Brianna Taylor, Sacramento Bee, 18 Apr. 2024 Anna, a florist and decorator, designed the wedding ceremony, which took place in her father’s church in October 2020. Constant Méheut Oksana Parafeniuk, New York Times, 9 Apr. 2024 The holiday market is lit up and lovely, and props to whatever set decorator wrapped gift ribbon around that square boulder to turn it into a massive outdoor present. Sara Netzley,, 30 Nov. 2023 It’s thought to have emerged from a design project completed in the early 1930s at the Paris satellite of New York’s Parsons School of Design, the result of an assignment often attributed to the aristocratic French decorator Jean-Michel Frank, who was a lecturer there at the time. Evan Moffitt, New York Times, 28 Mar. 2024 Showcasing the latest floor plans, the villas within Canyon Creek Forest are designed to captivate with open concepts, walls of windows inviting natural light, soaring ceiling heights, and modern kitchen ideas that include butler’s pantries, decorator features, and vibrant colors. Prime Development, Kansas City Star, 27 Mar. 2024 Production designer Jon Carlos and set decorator Ellen Reed built a world centered around big money, grand style, and a mid-century modern aesthetic featured throughout the show's spaces. Sharon Greenthal, Better Homes & Gardens, 21 Mar. 2024 Plus, if burgeoning home decorators choose to reinvent their interiors at any point, the paper's adhesion technology allows it to be easily removed without damaging walls. Hannah Chubb, Peoplemag, 1 Mar. 2024 His decorator rented one room and kitted it out with a water bed, paintings and a television set. Penelope Green, New York Times, 11 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use


circa 1755, in the meaning defined above


1950, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of decorator was circa 1755

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“Decorator.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


: one that decorates
especially : a person who decorates the interiors of buildings

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