Definition of decoration in English:

decoration

noun

  • 1mass noun The process or art of decorating something.

    ‘the lavish decoration of cloth with gilt’
    ‘interior decoration’
    • ‘Too often, at this stage of the project, it's easy to become tired and to end up rushing through the interior design and decoration process.’
    • ‘Since it was introduced it has gradually overtaken other forms of decoration so that now it forms the main decorative process in most large glass factories.’
    • ‘Other methods of decoration include impressions made with the fingers, sticks, and other tools.’
    • ‘However, the construction and decoration process has been delayed, and a new opening date has not yet been disclosed.’
    • ‘Martine Camillieri, who co-directs the gallery, is also very talented with crafts and decoration.’
    • ‘The 175 studio ceramic pieces illustrate the various methods of decoration and form that potters use to give shape and meaning to their works.’
    ornament, trinket, bauble, knick-knack, gimcrack, spangle, doodah, gewgaw, folderol, fandangle
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    1. 1.1 Ornamentation.
      ‘inside there was little decoration’
      • ‘I did not bother to look at the beautiful details and decoration, I was so angry and on the verge of tears.’
      • ‘The manuscript is also rich in ornamental decoration, to which those of the other exemplars are stylistically related.’
      • ‘The only decoration was on the grip of wood, deeply and skilfully carved.’
      • ‘All have applied ornament as well as etched or engraved decoration on a spot-hammered ground.’
      • ‘The frames of Swedish rococo looking glasses followed the fashions of the day, with the crown and base often ornamented with rich rocaille decoration.’
      • ‘Gilding may also be ornamented by various types of relief decoration.’
      • ‘All contain decoration, embellishments, fringing, or cut-out design-work of the paper.’
      • ‘The only decoration is a picture window that frames the bordering pastures.’
      • ‘He made the Memorial timeless, in a way, by giving it immaculate perfection with no embellishment or decoration.’
      • ‘The reverse of the vessel bears brushed cobalt blue floral decoration at the shoulder and a continuation of the flowers that appear on the front.’
      • ‘Pope John Paul's coffin of blonde cypress wood had no decoration other than a slender cross and the letter M for Mary on the top.’
      • ‘Every piece of furniture was made of old wood, free from decoration of any sort.’
      • ‘Economically priced, they make up in lack of detail and decoration with their quirkiness.’
      • ‘In Spain there, they were very famous for not using stone or brick, they would do everything in wood with adornment and decoration.’
      • ‘The timber framed doorcases have unusual strapwork decoration and pretty teardrop style fanlights above.’
      • ‘Standard Royal Worcester with floral decoration and Victorian dinner services are struggling to find buyers.’
      • ‘However, these vast Roman vistas are processed through the Rococo penchant for grandiose ornamentation and are window dressing, pure decoration.’
      • ‘The leonine head has a grimacing, tooth-filled mouth from which issue stems with pellet decoration ending in foliage scrolls.’
      • ‘Each spoon in the set has different applied ornament and etched decoration on a hammered ground.’
      • ‘Punches and coggles were used to apply bands of decoration such as circles, stars, floral emblems, and other motifs.’
      ornamentation, adornment, trimming, embellishment, garnishing, gilding
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    2. 1.2British Paint or wallpaper applied when decorating a room.
      ‘an authority on English furniture and decoration’
      • ‘Its paint work and decoration, although still faded and peeling, was slightly less faded and peeling than that of the rest of the rooms.’
      • ‘The lack of decoration or furniture made his mind dwell on what could be happening outside his cell, and none of it could be good news.’
      • ‘I worked hard to make the house my own… new carpet, furniture, wall decoration etc, and by the beginning of October felt happy, contented and settled.’
      • ‘The architecture and decoration of these rooms were intended to make them conductive to such refined pursuits.’
      • ‘The room itself had no decoration, a ventilation shaft near the top left corner and a camera in the opposite corner.’
      • ‘The Willow Tea Rooms in Sauchiehall Street were among his most original buildings and the most complete in their scheme of decoration and furniture.’
      • ‘The intricate work, based on Victorian romantic decoration, was all done freehand using house paint.’
      • ‘Here, as in other places, Kent's elegant furniture and rich decoration anticipated the interiors of Robert Adam.’
      • ‘Originally all the walls in the room had painted decoration, as did the stairwell.’
      • ‘The old furniture and decoration had a distinctly 1970s feel, so it will provide a much better environment for the services we provide.’
      • ‘Perhaps the original decoration lies intact beneath the layered generations of wallpaper and ever-changing tastes in house paint, ready to be rediscovered.’
      • ‘We entered one of the numerous meeting and sitting rooms, still in the preliminary stages of decoration.’
      furnishing, furbishing, ornamentation
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    3. 1.3count noun A thing that serves as an ornament.
      ‘Christmas tree decorations’
      • ‘At the back is a magnificent selection of Christmas trees and decorations.’
      • ‘Fill large goldfish-type bowls with shiny glass globes and ornaments to create simple decorations.’
      • ‘I sat up all night, then I took down all the Christmas cards and the decorations of the Christmas tree.’
      • ‘We would like to thank the children for making the decorations for the tree themselves.’
      • ‘The church is now getting decorations in place, with the tree decorated in blue and silver this year.’
      • ‘Although tinsel is very pretty and is a common decoration on trees, your pet may swallow it.’
      • ‘I've collected my tree decorations over many years and each holds a treasured memory.’
      • ‘At the moment, shops have decorations in every window, and the neighbours are planning a cookout.’
      • ‘At the window of her neat Balby home twinkles a Christmas tree while other festive decorations adorn the living room.’
      • ‘Every bedroom has its own Christmas tree and festoons of decorations.’
      • ‘Surely it would not take much to put a few lights along the shops or decorations in the windows to create an ambience?’
      • ‘This year she will be making floral arrangements, which will serve as place settings and decorations.’
      • ‘Special shops have come up to sell tree lights, decorations and optic wreaths in the city.’
      • ‘Already I have spotted the first Hallowe'en decorations in store windows.’
      • ‘One of their noticeable features is the profusion of hollowed-out window decorations.’
      • ‘The students will also dress in fancy dress as well as dressing up the animals using Christmas decorations such as tinsel and lights.’
      • ‘Today, the roundabouts are festooned with decorations and blue and yellow lights.’
      • ‘We'll go and get a couple of new ones later in the week, along with some hangers so we can put the rest of the decorations on the tree.’
      • ‘Dad travelled lots with his work, promising to bring back a tree decoration from every country he had visited.’
      • ‘The community centre looked its best for the party with its Christmas tree and Christmas decorations.’
      ornament, trinket, bauble, knick-knack, gimcrack, spangle, doodah, gewgaw, folderol, fandangle
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  • 2A medal or award conferred as an honour.

    ‘a decoration won on the field of battle’
    ‘he was awarded the highest Australian decoration’
    • ‘Wounded fourteen times, he was awarded the highest imperial decorations.’
    • ‘The medal is the highest decoration the British military gives.’
    • ‘He was awarded the Reserve decoration in 1983, and achieved a bar to this award in 1993.’
    • ‘The significant decorations are the Star, a garter to be worn below the left knee, and a diagonal blue ribbon.’
    • ‘That pin is a Dutch decoration called an Orange-Nassau - Officer of Orange-Nassau awarded to me by Queen Juliana.’
    • ‘John Bradley won the decoration for heroism on Iwo Jima, just two days before the flag raising.’
    • ‘This appeared to have ended in victory last month when the government announced a special decoration would finally be awarded.’
    • ‘President Chen Shui-bian was awarded a decoration by President Miguel Rodriguez in the Costa Rican National Theater yesterday.’
    • ‘My captain vowed to win the Victoria Cross, our highest decoration for bravery, and drove the ship's company to help him.’
    • ‘He was awarded the decoration for Exceptional Civilian Service.’
    • ‘He is the recipient of numerous U.S. military awards and decorations, including the Purple Heart.’
    • ‘Numerous decorations were awarded to members of the Eagle squadrons.’
    • ‘Hideo succeeded and was awarded the decoration and an annuity for carrying out his duty so well.’
    • ‘These are decorations awarded by the monarch only to female members of the Royal Family.’
    • ‘Brown, the youngest person to be awarded the decoration, died in 1945 saving his brothers and sisters from a house fire.’
    • ‘The veterans were awarded an Active Service Medal, a decoration pinned to the chest of servicemen involved in conflict.’
    • ‘Former Scouts, invited to join in, were asked to wear any Great War medals and decorations they might have.’
    medal, award, badge, star, ribbon, laurel, wreath, trophy, prize
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Origin

Late Middle English: from late Latin decoratio(n-), from the verb decorare (see decorate).

Pronunciation

decoration

/dɛkəˈreɪʃ(ə)n/