- 1Make (something) look more attractive by adding extra items or images to it: the town was decorated with Christmas lightsMore example sentences
- It was made out of exquisite gold, sculptures and ornaments decorating it.
- Matched pairs of smaller tables and ornaments decorate each side, the objects on the left referring to the New Testament, and, to the right, the Old Testament.
- Another attractive alternative is to decorate short lengths of board with old tiles.
- 1.1chiefly British Apply paint or wallpaper in (a room or building): the five bedrooms are individually decoratedMore example sentences
- The hotel room was decorated with pale yellow wallpaper and white painted wooden decoration.
- Kimmi dragged her stuff into a room that what was decorated with floral wallpaper.
- The middle room is decorated with flowered wallpaper and has a high ceiling.
- 2Confer an award or medal on (a member of the armed forces): he was decorated for outstanding braveryMore example sentences
- He was decorated with many medals, and he had all his weapons with him as well.
- After the war Popov was decorated and awarded British citizenship.
- He is a fine athlete and a Vietnam combat veteran who was decorated for bravery.
mid 16th century (in the sense 'to grace or honour'): from Latin decoratus 'embellished' (past participle of decorare), from decus, decor- 'beauty, honour, or embellishment'.