Definition of decal in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈdēkal/


A design prepared on special paper for transfer onto another surface such as glass, porcelain, or metal.
Example sentences
  • On a simple shelf affixed to the gallery wall near the figure he placed six large votive candles, each decorated with a photographic decal portraying the artist in the jester's costume.
  • Although meticulously handpainted, the glossy images have a machine-made look, as if they were, say, transfer decals or press-on tattoos.
  • I used to put the decals on the paper covers of my school books.


1950s: abbreviation of decalcomania.

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Syllabification: de·cal

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