Embellishment definition

ĕm-bĕlĭsh-mənt
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Something that embellishes, as an ornament, a fictitious touch added to a factual account, a musical phrase, etc.
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(music) A note that embellishes a melody.
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Embellish is defined as fancy details added on to make something look better or nicer, the act of adding such details or the act of stretching the truth of a story to make it sound more exciting.

An example of embellishment is fringe added to a skirt.

An example of embellishment is the act of adding fringe to a skirt.

An example of embellishment is a detail added to a story to make it more exciting.

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An unnecessarily added touch, an ornamental addition, a flourish.

1811 Reflection had given calmness to her judgment, and sobered her own opinion of Willoughby's deserts; -- she wished, therefore, to declare only the simple truth, and lay open such facts as were really due to his character, without any embellishment of tenderness to lead the fancy astray. Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility, Section 3, Chapter 1.

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Something that embellishes; a decoration.
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An embellishing or being embellished; ornamentation.
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The act of embellishing or the state of being embellished.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
embellishment
Plural:
embellishments

Origin of embellishment