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

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Hindu embellishments to baolis included covered arcades and pavilions that served as refuges from the heat and even as lodgings. The Economist, "India’s magnificent stepwells are relics of a nuanced history," 13 July 2019 Beyond twinkling embellishments, Grande has added trompe l'oeil fringe and oversized bows to the mix, as well as sporting lived-in dark roots and interminable frosted lengths on more than one occasion. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "7 Times Ariana Grande Reimagined Her Signature Power Ponytail," 9 July 2019 Her strapless crop top was covered in fringe hanging down her torso, and her high-waisted zip-up trousers contained matching embellishments. Tatum Dooley, Teen Vogue, "From Zendaya’s Custom Couture Crop Top to Celine Dion’s Canine Arm Candy, These Are The Best Looks of The Week," 5 July 2019 His photo, taken from behind, reveals that the design included a cut-out back, sheer fitted sleeves, and a full cascading skirt covered in snowy floral embellishments. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Sophie Turner's Full Wedding Dress Was Just Revealed on Instagram," 4 July 2019 Look for an option that plays a strong supporting role, giving the room structure without adding too much embellishment. Lauren Hubbard, ELLE Decor, "Classic Pieces Every Room in Your Home Needs," 3 July 2019 And between all the upbeat patterns, bold colors, and playful embellishments, there's one for everyone. Glamour, "15 Off-the-Shoulder Tops That Prove the Trend Is Far From Over," 24 June 2019 Pippa wore a gorgeous, light blue dress with a high neck and ruched sleeves and delicate floral embellishments. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Pippa Middleton Wears Stunning Blue Dress to Lady Gabriella Windsor's Wedding," 18 May 2019 Participants adorn dowels, branches, and twigs with fabrics, trims, wire, ribbons, clay, seashells and a wide variety of embellishments symbolizing the healing process. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Brother Benno’s puts on ‘Sip and Paint’ fundraiser," 19 June 2019

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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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