- Decorum is defined as appropriate, polite behavior in society.
An example of decorum is to show good table manners.
A little girl shows proper decorum.
- propriety and good taste in behavior, dress, etc.
- an act or requirement of polite behavior: often used in pl.
Origin of decorumClassical Latin neuter of decorus, fit, proper ; from decor: see décor
- Appropriateness of behavior or conduct; propriety: “In the Ireland of the 1940's &ellipsis; 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”).