n. [LL. decoratio: cf. F.
décoration.] 1. The act of
adorning, embellishing, or honoring; ornamentation.
2. That which adorns, enriches, or
beautifies; something added by way of embellishment;
The hall was celebrated for . . . the richness of its
3. 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.
Decoration Day, a day, May 30, appointed for
decorating with flowers the graves of the Union soldiers and sailors,
who fell in the Civil War in the United States; Memorial Day.