decorum

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noun de·co·rum \di-ˈkȯr-əm\

Definition of decorum

  1. 1 :  literary and dramatic propriety :  fitness <according to strict neoclassic decorum only the aristocracy had the right to appear in tragedy — Irving Babbitt>

  2. 2 :  propriety and good taste in conduct or appearance <strict in her notions of decorum — Jane Austen>

  3. 3 :  orderliness <the organization's decorum has rarely been shaken — W. F. Longgood>

  4. 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>

Origin and Etymology of decorum

Latin, from neuter of decorus —see decorous


First Known Use: 1568


DECORUM Defined for English Language Learners

decorum

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noun de·co·rum \di-ˈkȯr-əm\

Definition of decorum for English Language Learners

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


DECORUM Defined for Kids

decorum

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noun de·co·rum \di-ˈkȯr-əm\

Definition of decorum for Students

  1. :  proper behavior <Grandpa insisted on decorum during the ceremony.>



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