What does decorative mean?

Definitions for decorative
ˈdɛk ər ə tɪv, ˈdɛk rə-, ˈdɛk əˌreɪ-dec·o·ra·tive

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. cosmetic, decorative, ornamental(adj)

    serving an esthetic rather than a useful purpose

    "cosmetic fenders on cars"; "the buildings were utilitarian rather than decorative"

Wiktionary

  1. decorative(Noun)

    A plant, tile, etc. intended for use as decoration.

  2. decorative(Adjective)

    That serves to decorate

Webster Dictionary

  1. Decorative(adj)

    suited to decorate or embellish; adorning

    Etymology: [Cf. F. dcoratif.]

Editors Contribution

  1. decorative

    To use to decorate or improve.

    The decorative beading on the blanket was so beautiful.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 27, 2020  

How to pronounce decorative?

  1. Alex
    Alex
    US English
    Daniel
    Daniel
    British
    Karen
    Karen
    Australian
    Veena
    Veena
    Indian

How to say decorative in sign language?

  1. decorative

Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of decorative in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of decorative in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of decorative in a Sentence

  1. Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray:

    ...my dear boy, no woman is a genius. They are a decorative sex. They never have anything to say, but they say it charmingly. Women represent the triumph of matter over mind, just as men represent the triumph of mind over morals.

  2. David Berkowitz Chicago:

    The art deprived of closeness to the world is, in fact, pure, flat, unmanageable, decorative. Totally extraneous because she herself destroyed outer. Empty and indifferent, deprived of destiny, it solves only technical issues.

  3. Bernard Lepri:

    The problem isn’t with the decorative contacts themselves.

  4. Wendell Berry:

    Without a complex knowledge of one’s place and without the faithfulness to one’s place on which such knowledge depends, it is inevitable that the place will be used carelessly, and eventually destroyed. Without such knowledge and faithfulness, moreover, the culture of a country will be superficial and decorative, functional only insofar as it may be a symbol of prestige, the affectation of an elite or “in” group.

  5. Ashley Poust:

    Here is an animal that has all kinds of signals of being a juvenile, outside its bones, inside its bones, in its joints, and it has long, isolated plumes extending from its already-very-long tail. This is quite different from living birds and tells us that these decorative feathers preceded adulthood in dinosaurs. Of course, perhaps they're using these feathers in a very different way from living birds, too.

Images & Illustrations of decorative

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