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Definition of the noun decoration

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noun - plural: decorations

  1. something used to beautify
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonyms of decoration: ornament / ornamentation
    • more generic words: artefact / artifact = a man-made object taken as a whole
    • more specific terms:
      • adornment = a decoration of color or interest that is added to relieve plainness
      • arabesque = an ornament that interlaces simulated foliage in an intricate design
      • architectural ornament = something added to a building to improve its appearance
      • beadwork / beading = ornamentation with beads
      • bow = a decorative interlacing of ribbons
      • brass = an ornament or utensil made of brass
      • centerpiece / centrepiece = something placed at the center of something else
      • Christmas tree = an ornamented evergreen used as a Christmas decoration
      • cockade = an ornament (such as a knot of ribbon or a rosette) usually worn on the hat
      • pattern / design / figure = a decorative or artistic work
      • embellishment = a superfluous ornament
      • finial = an ornament at the top of a spire or gable
      • floral arrangement / flower arrangement = a decorative arrangement of flowers
      • gimcrackery / falderol / folderal / gimcrack / nonsense / trumpery / frill = ornamental objects of no great value
      • gargoyle = an ornament consisting of a grotesquely carved figure of a person or animal
      • garnish = any decoration added as a trimming or adornment
      • graffiti / graffito = a rude decoration inscribed on rocks or walls
      • wall hanging / hanging = decoration that is hung (as a tapestry) on a wall or over a window
      • hood ornament = an ornament on the front of the hood of a car emblematic of the manufacturer
      • encrustation / incrustation = a decorative coating of contrasting material that is applied to a surface as an inlay or overlay
      • inlay = a decoration made by fitting pieces of wood into prepared slots in a surface
      • interior decoration / decor = decoration consisting of the layout and furnishings of a livable interior
      • pommel / knob = an ornament in the shape of a ball on the hilt of a sword or dagger
      • lunula = a crescent-shaped metal ornament of the Bronze Age
      • moulding / molding = a decorative strip used for ornamentation or finishing
      • nailhead = something resembling the head of a nail that is used as an ornamental device
      • necklet = decoration worn about the neck (fur piece or tight necklace) as an ornament
      • overlay = a layer of decorative material (such as gold leaf or wood veneer) applied over a surface
      • rosemaling = a Scandinavian style of carved or painted decoration (as on furniture or walls or dinnerware) consisting of floral motifs
      • set decoration = a decoration used as part of the set of a theatrical or movie production
      • sgraffito = a ceramic or mural decoration made by scratching off a surface layer to reveal the ground
      • spiral / volute = ornament consisting of a curve on a plane that winds around a center with an increasing distance from the center
      • sprig = an ornament that resembles a spray of leaves or flowers
      • rivet / stud = ornament consisting of a circular rounded protuberance
      • tail fin / tailfin / fin = one of a pair of decorations projecting above the rear fenders of an automobile
      • tinsel = a showy decoration that is basically valueless
      • tracery = decoration consisting of an open pattern of interlacing ribs
      • wind chime / wind bell = a decorative arrangement of pieces of metal or glass or pottery that hang together loosely so the wind can cause them to tinkle
      • garnish = something (such as parsley) added to a dish for flavor or decoration
  2. an award for winning a championship or commemorating some other event
  3. the act of decorating something (in the hope of making it more attractive)
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • more generic term: change of state = the act of changing something into something different in essential characteristics
    • more specific terms:

Alternative definition of the noun decoration


  1. The act of adorning, embellishing, or honoring; ornamentation.
  2. That which adorns, enriches, or beautifies; something added by way of embellishment; ornament.
  3. Specifically, any mark of honor to be worn upon the person, as a medal, cross, or ribbon of an order of knighthood, bestowed for services in war, great achievements in literature, art, etc.


Decoration is a musical group.

  • album: "Don't Disappoint Me Now"


"Decoration" is an artwork by Roger Kemp.


Decoration is a software application for applying effects to digital photos. Decoration contains more than 100 effects and is specialized in applying effects to photo albums.

Phrases with Decoration

  1. decoration day
  2. set decoration
  3. Table Decoration
  4. interior decoration

Printed encyclopedias and other books with definitions for Decoration

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Google previewThe Emergence of Modern Architecture (2004)

A Documentary History, from 1000 to 1810 by Liane Lefaivre, Alexander Tzonis

Decoration is the most effective means of impressing distinctive character upon buildings; and it is also the most effective means of muddling everything, and failing to give character, if the two following principles are lost from view. One is to ...

Google previewHandbook of Ornament (1957)

by Franz Sales Meyer

The simplest decoration is the many-rayed star, which is termed the Uraniscus, in the coffers or Greek ceilings (comp. Plate 151, fig. 1). The centre of the figure is generally accentuated by the addition of a rosette, and the direction of growth, ...

Google previewHealing the Hospital Environment (2003)

Design, Management and Maintenance of Healthcare Premises by Liz Haggard, Sarah Hosking

Decoration is a visual quality rather than a category of objects (Fig. 7.1). It often...

Decoration is an essential ingredient of the traditional popular arts inherent in fairgrounds, pub signs, caravans, circuses and the folk arts of any nation. It is also ...

Google previewBe a Champion of Youth (2007)

Standing With, By, and for Young People by Maggie Wilson McCarty, Robert J. McCarty

Decoration is the second rung of the ladder and can happen when the role of youth is geared toward prompting an emotional response from the audience. For example, decoration occurs when adults ask young people to show up at an event ...

Google previewChristmas Collectables (2009)

by Tracy Martin, Christopher Biggins

You can always tell that it is a Christopher Radko ornament because the decoration is a lot heavier and is quite solid to touch as opposed to other decoration makers who tend to use lower grade glass which is not as strong and is easily ...

Google previewClassic Houses of the Twenties (2012)

by Loizeaux

The rich natural decoration is an heritage from ...

Google previewAncient Civilizations of Mexico and Central America (1929)

by Herbert Joseph Spinden

The decoration is a repeated motive. The head of the feathered serpent projects outward from the terrace walls and from the balustrade of the stairway, while the body is in low relief. The tail of the serpent has a rattle, and the body is covered ...

Google previewFrankish Art in American Collections (1984)

by Katharine Reynolds Brown

Such surface decoration is an integral part of the traditional Frankish bow fibula.

Google previewAdvertising Management : Theory & Practice (2011)

by Dr. Mahendra Kumar Padhy

and precise blinds for room decoration is a dream of every housewife. Nobody in the country, however, choose to be outlandish for the sake of cosy-comfort in export-oriented markets, when there is an abundance of such finery and tapestry ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of the Enlightenment (2013)

by Michel Delon

Decoration. D├ęcoupage. See Silhouettes and D├ęcoupage Deism Demography 1.5 14 2...

decoration of the home was an important aesthetic concern throughout the 18th century. The first decades of the century were marked by the growing ...

Google previewIconographic encyclopaedia of science, literature, and art (1852)

The decoration is a golden, white enamelled Maltese cross, ...

Google previewDesk Encyclopedia of Plant and Fungal Virology (2009)

by Marc H.V. van Regenmortel, Brian W.J. Mahy

Immunoelectron Microscopical Decoration Tests In the immunoelectron microscopical decoration test (Figures 2(c), 4(c), and 4(d)), the reaction between free antibodies and viruses which have been immobilized on electron microscope ...

Google previewThe New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture (Volume 1 of 2) (2009)

Vol 7: Foodways: Easyread Large Bold Edition by John T. Edge

The name Decoration Day was thought to be too super- cial to convey the idea of remembrance of America's fallen soldiers, so it was changed to Memorial Day. In the South, however, the name Decoration Day clung to the holiday well into the ...

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Any new venture goes through the following stages: enthusiasm, complication, disillusionment, search for the guilty, punishment of the innocent, and decoration of those who did nothing.
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Scrabble value of D2E1C3O1R1A1T1I1O1N1

The value of this 10-letter word is 13 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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