decoration Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

Meaning of “decoration” in the English Dictionary

"decoration" in British English

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uk   us   /ˌdek.əˈreɪ.ʃən/

decoration noun (MAKE ATTRACTIVE)

B2 [C or U] the ​activity of making something ​look more ​attractive by putting things on it or around it, or something that you use to do this: He's good at ​cake decoration. Christmas/​party/​table/​cake decorationsB2 [U] mainly UK (US usually redecoration) the ​activity of ​covering the ​walls or other ​surfaces of ​rooms or ​buildings with ​paint or ​paper: This ​place is ​badly in need of decoration.
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decoration noun (HONOUR)

[C] a medal given to someone and ​worn as an ​honour: The Victoria Cross and George Cross are British decorations forbravery.
(Definition of decoration from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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 us   /ˌdek·əˈreɪ·ʃən/

decoration noun (ATTRACTIVE THING)

[C/U] something ​added to an ​object or ​place to make it ​look more ​attractive; the ​act of doing this: [C] The ​molding has a ​floral decoration ​carved into it. [U] Some women ​wearbarrettes as decoration.

decoration noun (HONOR)

[C] a ​medal, ​badge, etc. that is given to a ​person to ​reward them; an ​officialhonor: He ​received the country’s ​highest decoration for ​bravery.
(Definition of decoration from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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