dec·​o·​ra·​tion ˌde-kə-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce decoration (audio)
: the act or process of decorating
: something that adorns, enriches, or beautifies : ornament
: a badge of honor (such as a U.S. military award)

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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Word History

First Known Use

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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Cite this Entry

“Decoration.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


dec·​o·​ra·​tion ˌdek-ə-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce decoration (audio)
: the act or action of decorating
: something that decorates or beautifies : ornament
holiday decorations
: a badge of honor (as a medal, cross, or ribbon)

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