- 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
- 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.
- His work was overloaded with rhetorical embellishment, which he was the first to introduce into Roman history.
- 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.
- In 1904 a bill was passed in the chambers for the enlargement and embellishment of the palace.
- For the architectural embellishment of the city the finest building material was procurable without difficulty and in abundance; Pentelicus forms a mass of white, transparent, blue-veined marble; another variety, somewhat similar in appearance, but generally of a bluer hue, was obtained from Hymettus.