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decorative

Line breaks: dec¦ora|tive
Pronunciation: /ˈdɛk(ə)rətɪv
 
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Definition of decorative in English:

adjective

1Serving to make something look more attractive; ornamental: a well-appointed house with original decorative features
More example sentences
  • Second, their masses of small white, bell like blossoms are as decorative as any purely ornamental shrub.
  • The company has a service center for applying studs, stones and decorative ornamentation in Mexico.
  • Pour dip into a decorative serving bowl and place on serving platter.
Synonyms
1.1Relating to decoration: a decorative artist
More example sentences
  • He sat me down and produced a packet of colour transparencies of the work of someone I had never heard of, a decorative artist named Felix Kelly.
  • Today, she works full-time as a decorative artist and has recently moved to Tadcaster, where she runs her business.
  • By then he had been taught the elements of design by his father, a jobbing decorative artist.
1.2 informal (Of a woman) attractive: she was an extremely decorative and popular actress
More example sentences
  • Surely such heights have not been scaled since a newsmagazine profiled his rather decorative wife, Melanie.
  • The poses, even pouts, align them with the traditional imperative placed on women: be decorative.
  • Gangster style makes men look dangerous; moll style makes women look decorative.

Derivatives

decoratively

1
adverb
Example sentences
  • It's Spain's version of St Tropez, with its multi-million-pound yachts waiting patiently and decoratively at their moorings for their owners to resume the floating party.
  • Strawberries can also be grown decoratively in flower beds either singly or in groups - Vivarosa, with its mixture of pink and red flowers, is especially unusual and attractive.
  • There was no suppressing the smile that spread across my face as I sat and sucked on a pungent orange with its skin teased off decoratively by a sharp knife and an artistic hand.

decorativeness

2
noun
Example sentences
  • Such decorativeness was eschewed by 20th century modernism as ‘functionless’ and the term ‘decoration’ grew to have immensely derogatory connotations.
  • It also established a repertoire of imagery to draw on that contributed to a composition's decorativeness, an attribute that was increasingly important to painters and designers alike.
  • Perhaps these works are closer to some of Eva Hesse's devouring tangles, yet Banerjee differs from Hesse in the heat and decorativeness of her works, which was clearest in a few works on paper or canvas.

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