- 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: Classical Latin neuter of decorus, fit, proper ; from decor: see décor
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- 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: Latin decōrum, from decōrus, becoming, handsome; see decorous.