- an embellishing or being embellished; ornamentation
- something that embellishes, as an ornament, a fictitious touch added to a factual account, a musical phrase, etc.
An embellishment of flowers on a table.
- 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.
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.
- The act of embellishing or the state of being embellished.
- Something that embellishes; a decoration.
- Music A note that embellishes a melody.
- 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.
embellish + -ment
- His work was overloaded with rhetorical embellishment, which he was the first to introduce into Roman history.
- Between 1548 and 1554 rose the château d'Anet, in the embellishment of which Goujon was associated with Philibert Delorme in the service of Diana of Poitiers.
- The metallic bowl and mouthpiece of the pipe offered a tempting surface for embellishment, as well as the clasp of the pouch; and the netsuke, being made of wood, ivory or other material susceptible of carving, also gave occasion for art and ingenuity.
- They lavished money on the embellishment of their capital, Gyulafehervar, which became a sort of Protestant Mecca, whither scholars and divines of every anti-Roman denomination flocked to bask in the favour of princes who were as liberal as they were pious.
- It describes his entering Rome on foot, amid the rejoicings of the citizens; his liberality towards his soldiers and to the citizens of Rome, a liberality that was extended even to persons under eleven years of age; his charities for the maintenance of the children of the poor; his remission of succession-duties in cases where the property was small or the heirs members of the testator's family; his establishment of free trade in corn between the various parts of the empire; his abandonment of vexatious and petty prosecutions for "high treason"; his punishment of informers; his abolition of pantomimes; his repairs of public buildings and his extension and embellishment of the Circus Maximus.