adjective Date: 1791 serving to decorate; especially purely ornamentaldecoratively adverbdecorativeness noun

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  • Decorative — Dec o*ra*tive (d[e^]k [ o]*r[.a]*t[i^]v or d[e^]k [ o]*r[asl]*t[i^]v), a. [Cf. F. d[ e]coratif.] Suited to decorate or embellish; adorning. {Dec o*ra*tive*ness}, n. [1913 Webster] {Decorative art}, fine art which has for its end ornamentation,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • decorative — early 15c., from M.Fr. decoratif, from decorat , pp. stem of L. decorare (see DECORATE (Cf. decorate)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • decorative — [adj] beautifying adorning, cosmetic, embellishing, enhancing, fancy, florid, nonfunctional, ornamental, prettifying, pretty; concept 579 Ant. ugly …   New thesaurus

  • decorative — ► ADJECTIVE 1) serving to make something look more attractive; ornamental. 2) relating to decoration. DERIVATIVES decoratively adverb decorativeness noun …   English terms dictionary

  • decorative — [dek′ə rə tiv, dek′ə rāt΄iv] adj. that serves to decorate; ornamental decoratively adv. decorativeness n …   English World dictionary

  • decorative */ — UK [ˈdek(ə)rətɪv] / US / US [ˈdekəˌreɪtɪv] adjective intended to look attractive rather than be useful a decorative border/motif The lighting in the room is functional as well as decorative. highly decorative: a highly decorative garden plant… …   English dictionary

  • décorative — ● décoratif, décorative adjectif Qui relève de la décoration de théâtre ou de cinéma, de la décoration intérieure ou architecturale. Qui, par son aspect, se prête à être utilisé comme élément de décoration : Ces plantes sont très décoratives.… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • decorative — adj. VERBS ▪ be, look ADVERB ▪ extremely, fairly, very, etc. ▪ highly …   Collocations dictionary

  • decorative — [[t]de̱kərətɪv[/t]] ADJ GRADED Something that is decorative is intended to look pretty or attractive. The curtains are for purely decorative purposes and do not open or close. ...highly decorative iron brackets …   English dictionary

  • decorative — dec|o|ra|tive [ dek(ə)rətıv, dekə,reıtıv ] adjective * intended to look attractive rather than be useful: a decorative border/motif The lighting in the room is functional as well as decorative …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • decorative — dec|o|ra|tive [ˈdekərətıv US ˈdekərə , ˈdekəreı ] adj pretty or attractive, but not always necessary or useful ▪ a decorative panel above the door >decoratively adv …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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