Meaning of “decoration” in the English Dictionary

"decoration" in British English

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uk /ˌdek.əˈreɪ.ʃən/ us /ˌdek.ərˈeɪ.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 decorations

B2 [ 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.

More examples

  • I like the decoration around the collar - it's got quite a Spanish feel to it.
  • His office is very utilitarian in style, with no decoration.
  • It looks very Christmassy in here with the tree and all the decorations.
  • I could use some help putting these decorations up if you're not too busy.
  • During the 17th century, the Puritans destroyed many decorations in English churches.

(Definition of “decoration” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"decoration" in American English

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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 wear barrettes as decoration.

decoration noun (HONOR)

[ C ] a medal, badge, etc. that is given to a person to reward them; an official honor:

He received the country’s highest decoration for bravery.

(Definition of “decoration” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)