Italian Word of the Day: Decorazione (decoration)

Today’s word of the day is part of our Italian Christmas Word Advent Calendar series. Each day throughout December, we’ll post a word that is related to the holiday season. Enjoy!

The word for decoration or ornament in Italian is decorazione (feminine, plural: decorazioni) which, given the shared origin of the two words, shouldn’t be in the least bit difficult for English speakers to remember!

IPA: /de·co·ra·zió·ne/

When referring specifically to a Christmas decoration, you can say either decorazione natalizia or decorazione di Natale.

Ho messo delle bellissime decorazioni natalizie sull’albero.

I put some very beautiful Christmas decorations on the tree.


Some popular Christmas decorations that you’ll find adorning most homes in Italy include:

  • pallina di Natale = Christmas ball
  • luci di Natale = Christmas lights
  • campanella = little bell
  • ghirlanda = wreath
  • candela = candle
  • fiocco = bow
  • calendario dell’Avvento = advent calendar
  • decorazione natalizia fai da te = DIY Christmas decoration

Decorazione originates from the verb decorare which means to decorate or to adorn when talking about objects like a Christmas tree (albero di Natale) or house (casa).

Another word that is extremely close in meaning to decorazione is addobbo (masculine, plural: addobbi).

IPA: /ad·dòb·bo/

It too translates as decoration or ornament. The verb addobbare is often used to talk about decorating the house or a tree for Christmas.

Non ho ancora addobbato la casa per le feste!

I haven’t decorated the house for the holidays yet!


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