to decorate a person or object with something, usually for a special occasion
Origin and usage
The verb deck appeared in English in the 16th century, coming apparently from Flemish or Low German. It is closely connected to other Germanic words meaning ‘to cover’.
To deck something or to deck it out means to decorate it for a special occasion of some kind. Up and down the land homes are being decked out in Christmas decorations, including real and artificial trees, twinkling and flashing lights (both inside and out), and the tinsel discussed in yesterday’s post. The verb deck is used in the carol ‘Deck the hall with boughs of holly’ whose melody dates back to the 16th century, though the words are from the mid 19th. Holly is traditionally associated with Christmas, partly because its evergreen leaves and red berries make it one of relatively few plants that are green at this time of year. The verb deck has another, informal, meaning, which is to hit someone so hard they fall to the ground or ‘hit the deck’.
“Deck the hall with boughs of holly,
Fa, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la!”
decorate, embellish, adorn, beautify