A little girl shows proper decorum.
Decorum is defined as appropriate, polite behavior in society.
An example of decorum is to show good table manners.
- propriety and good taste in behavior, dress, etc.
- an act or requirement of polite behavior: often used in pl.
Origin of decorumL, neuter of decorus, fit, proper from decor: see decor
- Appropriateness of behavior or conduct; propriety: “In the Ireland of the 1940's … the stolidity of a long, empty, grave face was thought to be the height of decorum and profundity” ( John McGahern )
- decorums The conventions or requirements of polite behavior: the formalities and decorums of a military funeral.
- The appropriateness of an element of an artistic or literary work, such as style or tone, to its particular circumstance or to the composition as a whole.
Origin of decorumLatin decōrum from decōrus becoming, handsome ; see decorous .
(countable and uncountable, plural decorums)
From Latin decōrus (“proper, decent”).