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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 dictionaries and other books with definitions for Decoration

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Google previewThe New International Encyclopaedia (1918)

by Frank Moore Colby, Talcott Williams

The decoration is the iron crown of Lombardy under the double-headed Austrian eagle bearing upon its breast a shield of blue enamel with...

Google previewThe Ceramic Monthly (1895)

China may be decorated by two very distinct processes; in the strong or furnace The strong fire decoration or underglaze decoration is that which is obtained while the paste acquires the qualities which characterizes it, that is to say, the ...

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 (2012)

by Franz Sales Meyer

The simplest decoration is the many-rayed star, .Which is termed the Uraniscus, in the cofi'e1's or Greek...

Google previewArchitecture of the Middle Ages. (Remarks On) (1835)

by Robert Willis

The archway is a semicircular compound arch of three chamfered arches, with nookshafts; and the extramural decoration is a gable resting on face shafts, which have lion-bases. It is plain in this example that the three parts of the composition ...

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 previewThe Potter's Encyclopedia of Color, Form and Decoration (2003)

by Neal French

decoration The chapter of this book devoted to decoration consists of a collection of illustrations showing the many effects obtainable by decorating at the various stages of making a pot. This is not a "how to do it" ...

Google previewSubject Headings Used in the Dictionary Catalogues of the Library of Congress (1919)

Decoration, Graffito. See Graffito decoration.

Google previewEncyclopedia of Native American Healing (1996)

by William S. Lyon

Pottery decoration from Santo Domingo, New Mexico [Southwest Museum specimen] Design on painted pottery, Homolobi Ruin No. 1, Arizona [Fewkes 1904] Painted snake design on pottery, ...

Google previewList of Subject Headings for Use in Dictionary Catalogs (1898)

by American Library Association

See also Bric-a-brac ; Candlesticks ; Carpets ; Decoration and ornament ; Fancy work ; Furniture ; Paper-hanging ; Upholstery ; Wall decoration. Refer from Architecture, domestic ; Arts, fine ; Carpets ; Decoration and ornament ; Domestic ...

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of Rococo Art (2011)

by Jennifer D. Milam

INTERIOR DECORATION. The Rococo emerged within French interior decoration around 1700 as a novel type of ornamentation. It spread quickly throughout Europe and to Great Britain, largely through the increased movement of artists, ...

Google previewPictorial Encyclopedia of Historic Ornament (2012)

100 Plates, Including 75 in Full Color by H. Dolmetsch

Keystone decoration from the cathedral at Naumburg. 4. Projecting bracket of a capital from the church at Gelnhausen. 5. Projecting bracket of a capital of French origin. 6. Finial from Notredame at Paris. 7. Crocket of a finial from Notre dame, ...

Google previewCRC World Dictionary of Plant Names (1999)

Common Names, Scientific Names, Eponyms, Synonyms, and Etymology by Umberto Quattrocchi

Epacridaceae Origins: From the Greek kosmos "ornament, decoration, form," kos- meo "to rule, ...

Google previewThe Dictionary of Unfamiliar Words (2008)

by Diagram Group

inlaying The decoration of an object with fine materials set into its surface. macramé Ornamental work created by weaving and knotting coarse thread into patterns. marquetry Colored or varnished woods, ...

Google previewThe Educational Encyclopedia of Common Things (1903)

Containing Useful Facts to Supply the Daily Need of All Classes of People by Richard Linthicum

Washington's Birthday , Decoration Day (May 30), Fourth of July, Labor Day (the first Monday in September), General, State, County and City Election Days, Thanksgiving Day, ...

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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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