decorative Definition

  • 1serving to make something look more attractive; ornamental
  • 2relating to decoration or adornment

Using decorative: Examples

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

  • Example

    The vase is purely decorative and has no practical use.

  • Example

    The decorative details on the building's facade are stunning.

  • Example

    She added some decorative touches to the cake to make it look more festive.

decorative Synonyms and Antonyms

Phrases with decorative

  • artistic disciplines that involve the creation of objects that are both beautiful and functional


    The decorative arts include ceramics, glassware, furniture, and textiles.

  • a plan for decorating a room or building that includes the selection of colors, materials, and furnishings


    The interior designer presented several decorative schemes for the living room.

  • a recurring design element that is used to decorate a surface or object


    The wallpaper features a decorative motif of flowers and leaves.


Summary: decorative in Brief

The term 'decorative' [ˈdɛkərətɪv] refers to something that serves to make an object or space look more attractive. It can be used to describe anything from a purely ornamental vase to the decorative details on a building's facade. The phrase 'decorative arts' refers to artistic disciplines that create objects that are both beautiful and functional, while a 'decorative scheme' is a plan for decorating a room or building. 'Decorative' is often used as a formal synonym for 'ornamental' or 'aesthetic.'

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