from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Serving to decorate or embellish; ornamental.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Of or pertaining to decoration; concerned with decoration: as, decorative art.
  • Of an ornamental nature; decorating; embellishing.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Suited to decorate or embellish; adorning.
  • adjective fine art which has for its end ornamentation, rather than the representation of objects or events.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective That serves to decorate
  • noun A plant, tile, etc. intended for use as decoration.

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

  • adjective serving an esthetic rather than a useful purpose


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  • I have a dear friend who pronounces this "de-COR-a-tive" (rhymes with pejorative).

    September 9, 2010