Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act, process, technique, or art of decorating.
  • n. Something used to decorate.
  • n. An emblem of honor, such as a medal or badge.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The act of adorning, embellishing, or honoring; ornamentation.
  • n. That which adorns, enriches, or beautifies; something added by way of embellishment; ornament.
  • n. Specifically, any mark of honor to be worn upon the person, as a medal, cross, or ribbon of an order of knighthood, bestowed for services in war, great achievements in literature, art, etc.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of adorning, embellishing, or honoring; ornamentation.
  • n. That which adorns, enriches, or beautifies; something added by way of embellishment; ornament.
  • n. Specifically, any mark of honor to be worn upon the person, as a medal, cross, or ribbon of an order of knighthood, bestowed for services in war, great achievements in literature, art, etc.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of decorating or adorning with something becoming or ornamental; the art of adorning, ornamenting, or embellishing.
  • n. The conferring of a badge, as of an order, or a medal of honor; hence, the badge or medal conferred.
  • n. That which embellishes; anything which decorates or adorns; an ornament.
  • n. In music, a general term for the various melodic embellishments, as the trill, the appoggiatura, etc.
  • n. In pyrotechny, the compositions placed in port-fires, rockets, paper shells, etc., to make a brilliant display when the case is exploded.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the act of decorating something (in the hope of making it more attractive)
  • n. an award for winning a championship or commemorating some other event
  • n. something used to beautify

Etymologies

From Latin decoratio: compare French décoration (Wiktionary)

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