Origin of decorousClassical Latin decorus, becoming from decor: see decor
A table set for a decorous luncheon.
The definition of decorous is something done properly and with good taste.
An example of something decorous is an official luncheon for a diplomat during which the correct foods and table settings are presented.
Characterized by or exhibiting decorum; proper: decorous behavior.
Origin of decorousFrom Latin decōrus becoming, handsome from decor seemliness, beauty ; see dek- in Indo-European roots.
- The set of friends with whom he chiefly associated at Oxford were sometimes named, on account of their exceptionally decorous conduct, the "Bethel Union"; but he was by no means averse to amusements, and specially delighted in hurdle jumping and hunting.
- Mime Necker, despite her talents, her beauty and her fondness for philosophe society, was strictly decorous, somewhat reserved, and disposed to carry out in her daughter's case the rigorous discipline of her own childhood.
- Then comes gentleness - the virtue regulative of anger; and the list is concluded by the excellences of social intercourse, friendliness (as a mean between obsequiousness and surliness), truthfulness and decorous wit.
- Without Stevenson, Sterne would probably have been a more decorous parish priest, but he would probably never have written Tristram Shandy or left any other memorial of his singular genius.