decoration Definition

  • 1the process or art of decorating something
  • 2a thing that serves as an ornament

Using decoration: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "decoration" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The decoration of the room was elegant and tasteful.

  • Example

    She spent hours on the decoration of the cake.

  • Example

    The Christmas decoration in the town square was beautiful.

decoration Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for decoration

Idioms Using decoration

  • all fur coat and no knickers

    used to describe someone or something that appears attractive or impressive but is actually not very good or effective


    The new restaurant looked great, but the food was all fur coat and no knickers.

  • to try to make something unattractive appear attractive, usually by superficial means


    No matter how much decoration you put on that old car, it's still a clunker.

  • the act of making something appear more attractive or favorable than it really is, especially in business or politics


    The company's financial report was just window dressing to hide their losses.

Phrases with decoration

  • the art or process of designing the interior decoration of a room or building


    She is studying interior decoration at university.

  • the flowers, ribbons, and other decorative items used to decorate a wedding venue


    The wedding decoration was simple yet elegant.

  • the festive decorations used to celebrate holidays such as Christmas, Easter, or Halloween


    The holiday decoration in the shopping mall was stunning.

Origins of decoration

from Latin 'decoratio', meaning 'adorning'


Summary: decoration in Brief

Decoration [ˌdɛkəˈreɪʃən] refers to the art or process of adorning something with ornaments or embellishments. It can be used to describe the interior design of a room or building, as well as festive decorations for holidays or special events. Examples include 'The decoration of the room was elegant and tasteful,' and 'She spent hours on the decoration of the cake.' Idioms like 'all fur coat and no knickers' and 'put lipstick on a pig' describe attempts to make something appear more attractive than it really is.

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