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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Nick wore a brown leather jacket, white tee, khakis, sneakers, and sunglasses, while Priyanka looked casually glam in a breezy cream ensemble with metallic embellishments. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas' Wedding Goodies Include "Oh Sh*t Kits"," 30 Nov. 2018 The bride-to-be wore a stunning light blue Manish Malhotra World outfit covered with delicate pink and silver floral embellishments and embroidery, while Jonas donned a gorgeous pink kurta pajama, also from the designer. Amanda Mitchell, Marie Claire, "Priyanka Chopra, Sophie Turner, and Nick and Joe Jonas Look Incredible at Pre-Wedding Celebrations," 29 Nov. 2018 The true democratization of glitz would not begin until the early 1920s, when European designers began to experiment with electroplated gelatin embellishments. Jamie Lauren Keiles, Vox, "Flip sequins are the weird, glitzy fabric that kids can’t get enough of," 27 Nov. 2018 The decadent Oscar de la Renta design features some seriously gorgeous embellishments which were made by Sarah Esmoingt, per @HeavenQRF on Twitter. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Has a Fairytale Moment in Oscar de la Renta as She Returns to Sydney with Prince Harry," 26 Oct. 2018 Hey man, this newsletter only needs a little embellishment to be extremely trendy autofiction written in epistolary fashion, just saying. Elizabeth Lopatto, The Verge, "SpaceX gets into space tourism while the Department of Justice gets into Tesla," 21 Sep. 2018 Her shirt, also white, featured rainbow embellishments that clustered near her right shoulder and left hip. Avery Matera, Teen Vogue, "Hailee Steinfeld Wears a Button-Down Shirt Dress on the Post-it Red Carpet in New York," 24 July 2018 There are several embellishments Harry could wear thanks to his royal status and time with the military. Cam Wolf, GQ, "Everything You Need to Know About Prince Harry’s Royal Wedding Outfit," 18 May 2018 Evening blues ranging from navy to midnight were plentiful, frequently with pearl or jeweled embellishments that gave the illusion of starry skies. Tony Bravo, San Francisco Chronicle, "10 celestial looks from SF Ballet’s starry night," 19 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of embellishment

1591, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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