em·bel·lish·ment | \im-ˈbe-lish-mənt \

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

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Kerry opted for a silver Atelier Versace jumpsuit with crystal embellishments for the theater community's biggest night. Michelle Manetti, Good Housekeeping, "Kerry Washington and Her Plunging Jumpsuit Won the Tony Awards Red Carpet," 11 June 2018 Gone is the khaki blazer with black Pegasus horse embellishments. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, "This glamorous fashion show has us Derby-ready. See the styles you'll be wearing this year," 30 Mar. 2018 The exhibit highlights surface design quilt techniques; hand dyeing, painting, digital printing and embellishment, using hand and machine work in a wide range of representational and abstract pieces. Linda Mcintosh, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Volunteers glean fruit to donate to food banks," 25 June 2018 The dress was simple, with no lace or embellishments, and included a high halter neckline with an open back and cutout shoulders. Southern Living, "The Estimated Cost Of Meghan Markle's Wedding Dress," 14 June 2018 That meant a collection filled with bold patterns and embellishments. Adam Tschorn, latimes.com, "For pre-spring 2019, Rachel Comey mines the long-gone glamour of the former Bullocks Wilshire store," 11 June 2018 The white gown featured a suit-like over coat with short sleeves, exaggerated lapels, and an oversized belt, as well as gold embellishment. Cady Lang, Time, "25 Classic Royal Wedding Dresses That Could Inspire Meghan Markle," 3 May 2018 Exactly what happened remains unknown, and the gaps and ambiguities in the record provide the filmmakers with room for speculation and embellishment. A. O. Scott, New York Times, "Review: ‘Chappaquiddick’ Revisits a Grim ’60s Kennedy Scandal," 4 Apr. 2018 The Black Panther star looked super glam in the sparkling dress, which featured black accents and embellishments across the bodice and ending at the hip. Lauren Adhav, Cosmopolitan, "Lupita Nyong'o Is Actually Dripping in Gold in This Chainmail Versace Dress," 5 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of embellishment

1591, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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