dec·​o·​ra·​tor | \ ˈde-kə-ˌrā-tər How to pronounce decorator (audio) \

Definition of decorator

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: one that decorates especially : one that designs or executes interiors and their furnishings



Definition of decorator (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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: Noun Miami landscape architect Fernando Wong uses plants and flowers—think aged terra-cotta planters overflowing with vividly colored geraniums—the way a decorator might use bloomy wallpaper, bold paint and architectural trim indoors. Allison Duncan, WSJ, 19 May 2021 In any category—whether art, architecture, design or automobiles—there exists the ubiquitous coffee-table book, more often a decorator’s accessory than a legitimate publishing endeavor. Robert Ross, Robb Report, 27 Apr. 2021 The Trisha Yearwood Gwendolyn Dinnerware Collection of dinner plates, platters, cake stands, and more, was inspired by Yearwood's mom, Gwendolyn, a teacher who took on a side gig as a wedding planner and cake decorator. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, 19 Mar. 2021 An Emmy-winning set decorator who had not been seen since September was found dead Tuesday in her Queens, New York, apartment, according to police. Minyvonne Burke, NBC News, 1 Apr. 2021 One decorator adorned the room with ten thousand peonies. Jennifer Gonnerman, The New Yorker, 15 Mar. 2021 The 1925 Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes in Paris inspired decorator Basil Ionides to introduce the new art deco style into Claridge’s redesign between 1926 and 1931. Jennifer Kester, Forbes, 19 Mar. 2021 Hicks’s own exacting father, the decorator David Hicks, meanwhile, redefined the way the jet set wanted to live in the Swinging Sixties with his strident use of color and audacious innovations. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, 17 Mar. 2021 And this eight-piece EggMazing Easter egg decorator kit, which is a No. Amazon 1 best-seller, is now down from $21.87 to $17.98. Christine Persaud, USA TODAY, 16 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of decorator


circa 1755, in the meaning defined above


1950, in the meaning defined above

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“Decorator.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of decorator

: a person who decorates something especially as a job


dec·​o·​ra·​tor | \ ˈde-kə-ˌrā-tər How to pronounce decorator (audio) \

Kids Definition of decorator

: a person who decorates especially the rooms of houses

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