dec·​o·​ra·​tion | \ ˌde-kə-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce decoration (audio) \

Definition of decoration

1 : the act or process of decorating
2 : something that adorns, enriches, or beautifies : ornament
3 : a badge of honor (such as a U.S. military award)

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Examples of decoration in a Sentence

The vase has a fancy decoration on one side. a plain sweater knit without decoration He's a genius at home decoration. a unique style of decoration He received a decoration from the President.
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Recent Examples on the Web Congress later changed the criteria for the Purple Heart, allowing the Fort Hood victims to receive the decoration. Washington Post, 8 Oct. 2021 Every piece of decoration in the hotel is handpicked, and the architecture is simple yet refined. Rosa Sanchez, Forbes, 22 Sep. 2021 Watching from the audience at the Seaport Hotel will be more than 20 of the 67 living recipients of the Medal of Honor, the military’s highest decoration, which is awarded to service members for acts of heroism in combat., 10 Sep. 2021 The only way to know that time passes in the outer, outer, outer, outer Excelsior is to look at the holiday wreath on the Bedlam Blue Bungalow, or the decoration worn by the roof cow down the block. Kevin Fisher-paulson, San Francisco Chronicle, 7 Sep. 2021 More than 40 years ago, Gilbert Baker created a rainbow flag as a decoration for San Francisco’s Gay Freedom Day Parade. Kellie Hwang, San Francisco Chronicle, 2 Aug. 2021 Instead, many modern board games use their art and thematic trappings as decoration for the core puzzle, a way to look pretty on the shelf. Luke Winkie, The Atlantic, 22 July 2021 In 1968, Mary bought her first doll as a decoration and started taking classes in doll making. Linda Mcintosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, 15 July 2021 Chiuri has reinterpreted embroidery, not simply as decoration but also as an element for the senses of sight and touch. Allyson Portee, Forbes, 5 July 2021

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First Known Use of decoration

1585, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of decoration was in 1585

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17 Oct 2021

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“Decoration.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of decoration

: something that is added to something else to make it more attractive
: the act of decorating something (such as a room)
: a medal or award that is given to someone for doing something brave or honorable (such as fighting bravely in a war)


dec·​o·​ra·​tion | \ ˌde-kə-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce decoration (audio) \

Kids Definition of decoration

1 : the act of adding things to improve the appearance of something
2 : something that adds beauty
3 : a badge of honor

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