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 And, for many, that safe space was the 23-story edifice of coral-pink brick and sandstone façade with Romanesque, Gothic, and Moorish embellishment. Maria Ricapito, Marie Claire, "Inside the Barbizon Hotel for Women," 6 Apr. 2021 Inspired by Jessica Bruder's 2017 nonfiction book Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century, the drama is an understated chronicle of a singular kind of life, lived without artificial embellishment. Mary Sollosi, EW.com, "The Front-Runner: With Nomadland, Chloé Zhao is on the road to Oscars history," 6 Apr. 2021 Meanwhile, model and artist Torin Ashtun showed off a cascade of ginger butterfly locs, with a set of yellow butterfly hair accessories serving as a fitting embellishment. Akili King, Vogue, "The Best Beauty Instagrams of the Week: Raveena, Arlo Parks, and More," 28 Mar. 2021 And in keeping with the post-opulence ethos, the car’s leatherwork on the seats and doors is refreshingly devoid of busy detailing and superficial embellishment. Howard Walker, Robb Report, "The 2021 Rolls-Royce Ghost: Everything We Know About the Marque’s Most Spirited Model to Date," 9 Mar. 2021 These new-season takes on timeless tan come with whimsical nuances like colorful embroidery, gingham checks, and intricate hardware embellishment. Laura Lajiness, Marie Claire, "How to Wear Spring’s Statement Colors," 4 Mar. 2021 Eliminate, mercilessly, every word, bit, digression, or embellishment that is not absolutely necessary to communicate or reinforce your message. Mark Nevins, Forbes, "Stop Presenting Remotely … Without The Remotest Chance Of Impact!," 1 Mar. 2021 Floor-length sparkle has been trending since the Titanic era, so try a simple silhouette with an overdose of embellishment. Jamie Primeau, Seventeen, "Is Your Prom Dress Style Classic or Trendy?," 25 Feb. 2021 Nodding to the gravity-defying heights and shapes of traditional punk styles, such as the mohawk, Harvey crafted hair of all textures into sculptural, hoop-shaped plaited styles with regal pearl and crystal embellishment. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "Simone Rocha Puts a Punk Twist on Romantic Braids," 23 Feb. 2021

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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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17 Apr 2021

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“Embellishment.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/embellishment. Accessed 21 Apr. 2021.

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