Meaning of “decorative” in the English Dictionary

"decorative" in British English

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uk /ˈdek.ər.ə.tɪv/ us /ˈdek.ər.ə.t̬ɪv/

B2 made to look attractive:

a decorative display of plants and flowers
a mirror in a decorative frame

More examples

  • He gave the picture a decorative border, which changed the look of the page.
  • Your flower arrangement makes the table look really decorative.
  • His room is very plain and basic, so I bought him a decorative bedspread - I expect he'll hate it!
  • Put some coloured icing on the fairy cakes if you want them to look a bit more decorative.
  • The clock has a decorative enamel face and ornate scrolled legs.
adverb uk /ˈdek.ər.ə.tɪ us /ˈdek.ər.ə.t̬ɪ

A shawl was arranged decoratively over the back of the chair.

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

"decorative" in American English

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us /ˈdek·ər·ə·t̬ɪv/

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