em·​bel·​lish·​ment | \ im-ˈbe-lish-mənt How to pronounce embellishment (audio) \

Definition of embellishment

1 : the act or process of embellishing
2 : something serving to embellish

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Examples of embellishment in a Sentence

a colorful mobile is just the embellishment that the soon-to-be nursery needs the actor's penchant for embellishment suggests that his memoirs would be more appropriately shelved in the fiction section
Recent Examples on the Web The Night Angel has a pink and purple costume with gold embellishments, including big wings, a pink feather headpiece, and long, painted nails on her gloves. Hannah Jeon, Good Housekeeping, "Who Is Night Angel on 'The Masked Singer'? Fans Are Convinced They Already Know," 11 Mar. 2020 There are no cutting-edge embellishments here, just a quality version of a traditional dish, arriving at the table with its central crater full of whole chickpeas in a pool of high quality Lebanese olive oil. Mark Kurlyandchik, Freep.com, "Leila is the 2020 Detroit Free Press Restaurant of the Year," 14 Feb. 2020 The building included cutting-edge photo studios, audio studios for greeting card recordings, artist workshop spaces, a 10,000-volume reference library, a room for ribbons, buttons and other embellishments, and coffee lounges. Mary Kilpatrick, cleveland, "2016, the year the Cavs won the championship and the RNC came to CLE: Biggest stories of the 2010s," 23 Dec. 2019 Delaware's senator for 36 years has made several misstatements or embellishments during his 2020 bid for the White House. Dominick Mastrangelo, Washington Examiner, "'You know, the thing': Biden botches Declaration of Independence quote during campaign stop," 2 Mar. 2020 Choose one designed by Dee’s custom hat designers or gather feathers, florals, netting, ribbon and other embellishments and create your own masterpiece. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, "Your guide to Kentucky Derby 2020 trends: Where to find hats, sales and fashion inspiration," 27 Feb. 2020 Within days and weeks of the event, the heroic story began to circulate and each storyteller added embellishments. Nadine Daher, Smithsonian Magazine, "Smithsonian Curators Help Rescue the Truth From These Popular Myths," 21 Feb. 2020 To give it that extra Euphoria-esque oomph, the pieces were adorned by elastic wrap-around detailing, peekaboo G-string straps, and rhinestone embellishments. Laura Pitcher, Teen Vogue, "Kendall Jenner’s Latest Outfit Is Straight out of Euphoria," 11 Feb. 2020 Arvidsson, who hit the deck, earned an embellishment penalty. Matt Porter, BostonGlobe.com, "Observations from the Bruins’ win in Nashville," 7 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of embellishment

1591, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of embellishment was in 1591

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25 Mar 2020

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“Embellishment.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/embellishment. Accessed 3 Apr. 2020.

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