Definition of 'decorative'
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Ivory has historically been used in a variety of cultural economies, from musical instruments to decorative objects. Smithsonian Mag (2017)Yet huge attention was also paid to decorative arts. Times, Sunday Times (2015)It was used for decorative objects and plaques of famous figures. Times, Sunday Times (2012)Some fixtures and fittings that are usually hidden away have been turned into decorative features. Times, Sunday Times (2009)It is certainly not conceptual in any straightforward sense and it is not purely decorative. Times, Sunday Times (2011)The food itself can be used as a decorative element. Times, Sunday Times (2012)There is also a fabulous collection of furniture and decorative arts. Times, Sunday Times (2008)It is made mostly from polyester and features a decorative bow at the front. Times, Sunday Times (2011)House retains period features such as decorative tiled floors and sash windows. Times, Sunday Times (2016)The fabric has not survived and all that remains are these gold decorative elements that hint at the fashion of the time. Times, Sunday Times (2015)With a good eye, you can buy highly decorative sculpture on a tight budget. Times, Sunday Times (2012)There's no crime in art being decorative. Times, Sunday Times (2009)Not all decorative elements have such specific origins, of course. A Philosophy of Interior Design (1990)These decorative shapes look beautiful hanging on your tree, or can be used to personalise your wrapped gifts. Times, Sunday Times (2015)The best small bags have pretty, decorative straps that can lend a point of interest to an outfit. Times, Sunday Times (2013)He changed the colour scheme and decorative details, and gave them a far more glamorous and pagan location. The Times Literary Supplement (2013)You can see some of the decorative objects, a reconstructed burial chamber and old photographs from the excavations. Times, Sunday Times (2009)A blind is always a good choice for a small window and the treatment can be highly decorative. Collins Complete Books of Soft Furnishings (1993)These highly decorative products will inject a good dose of colour and pattern into a room, but they should be used sparingly. Times, Sunday Times (2007)The arch, instead of being purely decorative, allows cable cars to provide panoramic views. Times, Sunday Times (2009)As a style, it's not pretty or decorative. Times, Sunday Times (2015)Once the dream house was finished, the frenzy of decorative schemes spent, the tedium set in. Times, Sunday Times (2010)The turret is not a folly in the true sense, because it is attached to the house, but it is purely decorative. Times, Sunday Times (2010)They don't want to be singled out for their gender and yet many female CEOs queue up to be featured in profiles looking merely decorative. Times, Sunday Times (2016)It is a streamlined piece of design that would fit into the sort of decorative scheme I imagine you're after. Times, Sunday Times (2009)This man and probably his friends (but not necessarily his parents) place a high value on decorative objects that can be attached to the body. Sociology (1995)
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British English: decorative ADJECTIVE
Something that is decorative is intended to look pretty or attractive.
The curtains are for purely decorative purposes and do not open or close.
Definition of decorative from the Collins English Dictionary
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