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 The McCanns bought the mansion from Andrew Killion, who is the co-founder of proprietary trading firm Akin Capital, and his decorator wife, Sandy, who sold the mansion as part of a move to Australia. Bob Goldsborough, Chicago Tribune, 13 July 2022 In 2014, Carlton Varney (protegee of the zany more-is-more decorator Dorothy Draper) designed the rooms, and this summer, the hotel will get a full refresh from designer Celerie Kemble. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, 19 May 2022 Eliza Harris, great-granddaughter of the legendary 20th-century decorator Sister Parish, lounges in a blossom pink tufted armchair, three floors up in a 112-year-old townhouse apartment in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood. Rachel Silva, ELLE Decor, 23 May 2022 The 1920s English society decorator Syrie Maugham was a progenitor of the tonal approach, said Alexis Barr, instructor of design history at the New York School of Interior Design. Kathryn O’shea-evans, WSJ, 5 May 2022 Maybe the set [decorator] guy had one too many chairs. Brian Davids, The Hollywood Reporter, 11 May 2022 Thomas Knox, 52, a house painter and decorator who is Catholic, nursed a pint in the Royal British Legion, a bar in the nearby town of Larne once frequented by British police and soldiers. New York Times, 30 Apr. 2022 Dustin, a set decorator, was nice-looking in his pictures and appeared to have a steady job. Megan Elizabeth, Los Angeles Times, 16 Apr. 2022 According to a job posting made by The Royal Household earlier this month, the Palace is currently looking to hiring a painter and a decorator to revamp the iconic dwelling's interiors. Mary Elizabeth Andriotis, House Beautiful, 30 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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9 Aug 2022

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“Decorator.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2022.

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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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