decorum

noun de·co·rum \ di-ˈkȯr-əm \
Updated on: 22 Nov 2017

Definition of decorum

1 : literary and dramatic propriety : fitness
  • according to strict neoclassic decorum only the aristocracy had the right to appear in tragedy
  • —Irving Babbitt
2 : propriety and good taste in conduct or appearance
  • strict in her notions of decorum
  • —Jane Austen
3 : orderliness
  • the organization's decorum has rarely been shaken
  • —W. F. Longgood
4 decorums plural : the conventions of polite behavior
  • the established sobrieties and decorums of English life
  • —H. G. Wells

Examples of decorum in a Sentence

  1. He has no sense of decorum.

  2. high standards of decorum are usually required when attending the opera

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Origin and Etymology of decorum

Latin, from neuter of decorus — see decorous


DECORUM Defined for English Language Learners

decorum

noun

Definition of decorum for English Language Learners

  • : correct or proper behavior that shows respect and good manners


DECORUM Defined for Kids

decorum

noun de·co·rum \ di-ˈkȯr-əm \

Definition of decorum for Students

: proper behavior
  • Grandpa insisted on decorum during the ceremony.


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