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

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 dress included a large red flower embellishment at the waist. Leanne Italie, Chron, 3 May 2022 Ruffles always spell romance, and when incorporated into a one-piece swimsuit, the embellishment feels particularly fetching. Nicole Kliest, Vogue, 4 May 2022 With the queen’s costumes, there’s so much detail in the embellishment—lots of pleatwork and embroidery. Ingrid Schmidt, The Hollywood Reporter, 14 Apr. 2022 While ruffles may be more party-ready than most wedding gowns, come next spring, the otherwise nighttime embellishment is walking down the aisle. Frances Solá-santiago, refinery29.com, 12 Apr. 2022 An extra little embellishment to frame cheeks and draw attention to eyes…which is where bottleneck bangs come in. Elle Turner, Glamour, 31 Mar. 2022 Harris’ story is inspirational enough without any embellishment. Chuck Schilken, Los Angeles Times, 9 Nov. 2021 The bottom of the dress, with crystal embellishment and a long, silk train, felt more timeless. Christian Allaire, Vogue, 13 Mar. 2022 Rihanna complemented the bright look with wide-leg camo pants and elevated the whole thing with the Balenciaga x Gucci Knife shoes, which have pointed-toe heels and a dramatic silver embellishment. Carrie Wittmer, Glamour, 27 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of embellishment

1591, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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23 May 2022

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“Embellishment.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/embellishment. Accessed 29 May. 2022.

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