decoration

A decoration is anything used to make something more attractive or festive. If you’re having a Valentine’s Day party, drape your house in red and pink decorations. Decoration is also a type of honor, like a soldier's medal or stripe.

To decorate is to spiff something up, making it more colorful and attractive, like hanging streamers in a room or ornaments on a tree. Decorations are things used in this way. Many decorations are specific to holidays, like green decorations for St. Patrick's Day. Also, decorations are the honors given to people who have won or achieved something. A war hero's Purple Heart medal is a decoration. You can say that someone who has many of these honors is decorated.

DEFINITIONS OF: decoration

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n the act of decorating something (in the hope of making it more attractive)

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adornment
the action of decorating yourself with something colorful and interesting
embellishment, ornamentation
the act of adding extraneous decorations to something
window dressing
the decoration of shop windows
trimming
the act of adding decoration
tessellation
the act of adorning with mosaic
figuration
decorating with a design
tattoo
the practice of making a design on the skin by pricking and staining
titivation, tittivation
sprucing up; making decorative additions to
marking
the act of making a visible mark on a surface
lineation
the act of marking or outlining with lines
mottling
the act of coloring with areas of different shades
striping
the act of marking with stripes
Type of:
change of state
the act of changing something into something different in essential characteristics

n something used to beautify

Synonyms:
ornament, ornamentation
Examples:
Great Seal of the United States
the seal of the United States government
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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
(architecture) something added to a building to improve its appearance
beading, beadwork
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 (as on a table)
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
design, figure, pattern
a decorative or artistic work
embellishment
a superfluous ornament
finial
an ornament at the top of a spire or gable; usually a foliated fleur-de-lis
floral arrangement, flower arrangement
a decorative arrangement of flowers
falderol, folderal, frill, gimcrack, gimcrackery, nonsense, trumpery
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
hanging, wall 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
decor, interior decoration
decoration consisting of the layout and furnishings of a livable interior
knob, pommel
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
molding, moulding
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 (as on a vault or shield or belt)
fin, tail fin, tailfin
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 bell, wind chime
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
annulet, bandelet, bandelette, bandlet, square and rabbet
molding in the form of a ring; at top of a column
antefix
carved ornament at the eaves of a tile roof concealing the joints between tiles
architrave
the molding around a door or window
argyle, argyll
a design consisting of a pattern of varicolored diamonds on a solid background (originally for knitted articles); patterned after the tartan of a clan in western Scotland
band, banding, stripe
an adornment consisting of a strip of a contrasting color or material
bangle, bauble, fallal, gaud, gewgaw, novelty, trinket
cheap showy jewelry or ornament on clothing
baseboard, mopboard, skirting board
a molding covering the joint formed by a wall and the floor
astragal, bead, beading, beadwork
a beaded molding for edging or decorating furniture
bear claw
an incised design resembling the claw of a bear; used in Native American pottery
beauty spot
a spot that is worn on a lady's face for adornment
boule, boulle, buhl
an inlaid furniture decoration; tortoiseshell and yellow and white metal form scrolls in cabinetwork
bouquet, corsage, nosegay, posy
an arrangement of flowers that is usually given as a present
boutonniere
a flower that is worn in a buttonhole
cavetto
a concave molding shaped like a quarter circle in cross section
circlet
decorated metal band worn around the head
conge, congee
(architecture) a concave molding
cordon
adornment consisting of an ornamental ribbon or cord
cornice
a molding at the corner between the ceiling and the top of a wall
crocket
an architectural ornament of curved foliage used at the edge of a spire or gable
cuspidation
a decoration using cusps
cyma, cymatium
(architecture) a molding for a cornice; in profile it is shaped like an S (partly concave and partly convex)
damascene
a design produced by inlaying gold or silver into steel
decal, decalcomania
either a design that is fixed to some surface or a paper bearing the design which is to be transferred to the surface
device
any ornamental pattern or design (as in embroidery)
dogtooth
a carved pyramidal ornament; used in 13th century England
dossal, dossel
an ornamental hanging of rich fabric hung behind the altar of a church or at the sides of a chancel
egg-and-anchor, egg-and-dart, egg-and-tongue
a decorative molding; a series of egg-shaped figures alternating with another shape
emblem
special design or visual object representing a quality, type, group, etc.
epaulet, epaulette
adornment consisting of an ornamental cloth pad worn on the shoulder
epergne
a large table centerpiece with branching holders for fruit or sweets or flowers
fan tracery
the carved tracery on fan vaulting
festoon
an embellishment consisting of a decorative representation of a string of flowers suspended between two points; used on pottery or in architectural work
filagree, filigree, fillagree
delicate and intricate ornamentation (usually in gold or silver or other fine twisted wire)
flower chain
flowers strung together in a chain
fob
an adornment that hangs from a watch chain
foliage, foliation
(architecture) leaf-like architectural ornament
Greek fret, Greek key, fret, key pattern
an ornamental pattern consisting of repeated vertical and horizontal lines (often in relief)
frieze
an architectural ornament consisting of a horizontal sculptured band between the architrave and the cornice
flounce, frill, furbelow, ruffle
a strip of pleated material used as a decoration or a trim
frog
a decorative loop of braid or cord
frontal, frontlet
an adornment worn on the forehead
gorgerin, necking
the molding at the top of a column
guilloche
an architectural decoration formed by two intersecting wavy bands
herringbone, herringbone pattern
a pattern of columns of short parallel lines with all the lines in one column sloping one way and lines in adjacent columns sloping the other way; it is used in weaving, masonry, parquetry, embroidery
jewellery, jewelry
an adornment (as a bracelet or ring or necklace) made of precious metals and set with gems (or imitation gems)
Kakemono
a Japanese (paper or silk) wall hanging; usually narrow with a picture or writing on it and a roller at the bottom
lambrequin
short and decorative hanging for a shelf edge or top of a window casing
linocut
a design carved in relief into a block of linoleum
mandala
any of various geometric designs (usually circular) symbolizing the universe; used chiefly in Hinduism and Buddhism as an aid to meditation
marqueterie, marquetry
inlaid veneers are fitted together to form a design or picture that is then used to ornament furniture
mihrab
(Islam) a design in the shape of niche in a Muslim prayer rug; during worship the niche must be pointed toward Mecca
motif, motive
a design or figure that consists of recurring shapes or colors, as in architecture or decoration
ovolo, quarter round, thumb
a convex molding having a cross section in the form of a quarter of a circle or of an ellipse
parqueterie, parquetry
a patterned wood inlay used to cover a floor
pectoral, pectoral medallion
an adornment worn on the chest or breast
pendant, pendent
an adornment that hangs from a piece of jewelry (necklace or earring)
plume
a feather or cluster of feathers worn as an ornament
polka dot
design consisting of a pattern of regularly spaced circular spots
pom-pom, pompon
decoration consisting of a ball of tufted wool or silk; usually worn on a hat
pyrograph
a design produced by pyrography
quirk molding, quirk moulding
a molding having a small groove in it
rib
a projecting molding on the underside of a vault or ceiling; may be ornamental or structural
rosette
an ornament or pattern resembling a rose that is worn as a badge of office or as recognition of having won an honor
screen saver
(computer science) a moving design that appears on a computer screen when there has been no input for a specified period of time
diamante, sequin, spangle
adornment consisting of a small piece of shiny material used to decorate clothing
spray
flower arrangement consisting of a single branch or shoot bearing flowers and foliage
subbase
the lowest molding of an architectural base or of a baseboard
sunburst
a design consisting of a central disk resembling the sun and rays emanating from it
surbase
the molding or border above the base of a structure (a pedestal or podium or wall)
arras, tapestry
a wall hanging of heavy handwoven fabric with pictorial designs
tassel
adornment consisting of a bunch of cords fastened at one end
tattoo
a design on the skin made by tattooing
tetraskele, tetraskelion
a figure consisting of four stylized human arms or legs (or bent lines) radiating from a center
tore, torus
commonly the lowest molding at the base of a column
trefoil
an architectural ornament in the form of three arcs arranged in a circle
passementerie, trim, trimming
a decoration or adornment on a garment
triskele, triskelion
a figure consisting of three stylized human arms or legs (or three bent lines) radiating from a center
vermiculation
a decoration consisting of wormlike carvings
war paint
adornment consisting of paint applied to the face and body of certain Amerindians before a battle
weave
pattern of weaving or structure of a fabric
chaplet, coronal, garland, lei, wreath
flower arrangement consisting of a circular band of foliage or flowers for ornamental purposes
marking
a pattern of marks
flourish
an ornamental embellishment in writing
topping
a flavorful addition on top of a dish
Type of:
artefact, artifact
a man-made object taken as a whole

n an award for winning a championship or commemorating some other event

Synonyms:
laurel wreath, medal, medallion, palm, ribbon
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Congressional Medal of Honor, Medal of Honor
the highest U.S. military decoration awarded for bravery and valor in action `above and beyond the call of duty'
Distinguished Service Medal
a United States military decoration for meritorious service in wartime duty of great responsibility
Distinguished Service Cross
a United States Army decoration for extraordinary heroism against an armed enemy
Navy Cross
a United States Navy decoration for extraordinary heroism against an armed enemy
Distinguished Flying Cross
a United States Air Force decoration for heroism while participating in an aerial flight
Air Medal
a United States Air Force decoration for meritorious achievement while participating in an aerial flight
Silver Star, Silver Star Medal
a United States military decoration for gallantry in action
Bronze Star, Bronze Star Medal
a United States military decoration awarded for meritorious service (except in aerial flight)
Order of the Purple Heart, Purple Heart
a United States military decoration awarded to any member of the armed forces who is wounded in action
Oak Leaf Cluster
a United States military decoration consisting of bronze or silver oak leaves and acorns awarded to anyone who has won a given medal before
Victoria Cross
a British military decoration for gallantry
Distinguished Conduct Medal
a British military decoration for distinguished conduct in the field
Distinguished Service Order
a British military decoration for special service in action
Croix de Guerre
a French military decoration for gallantry
Medaille Militaire
a French military decoration
Type of:
accolade, award, honor, honour, laurels
a tangible symbol signifying approval or distinction
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