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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Though that featured sleeves and extra embellishments like feathers, her metallic dress tonight was all about the sparkle and shine. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Keri Russell Wore a Metallic Plunging Neckline Dress to the 2019 Golden Globes," 7 Jan. 2019 Optional: Tie a cute, mini ornament around the bow for an extra embellishment — and a bonus gift! 7. Stephanie Shore Fisher, Good Housekeeping, "How to Turn a Pringles Can Into a Christmas Cookie Container," 29 Nov. 2018 Show off your crafty side by covering a pumpkin with a luxe piece of fabric and embellishments for a sophisticated look. Elle Decor Editors, ELLE Decor, "20 Halloween Party Ideas So Sophisticated They’ll Scare You," 18 Oct. 2018 So reacquaint yourself with Blair Waldorf's embellishment of choice with the pieces ahead. Glamour, "Bow Accents Are the Most Instagrammable Fashion Trend of the Summer," 20 June 2018 If the linens are colored, or have colorful stitching or embellishments, stick with the oxygen bleach, which is safe to use on colors, to avoid any potential color loss. Jolie Kerr, Town & Country, "How to Clean Table Linens," 10 Feb. 2017 Choose a frock with a girly embellishment, such as bows, and let your dress do the talking for you. Roxanne Adamiyatt, Town & Country, "5 Chic Outfits that Take the Stress Out of Valentine's Day Dressing," 30 Jan. 2019 In Manhattan this week, the superstar has shown off multiple pairs that feature studded embellishment, metal frames, and transparency. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Tiny Sunglasses Are So Last Year—Just Ask Rihanna," 15 Jan. 2019 But Trump and others quickly evolved into exaggerations, embellishments, and making promises that perhaps can’t be kept. Emily Stewart, Vox, "Trump’s economic victory lap is full of embellishments and exaggerations," 29 July 2018

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First Known Use of embellishment

1591, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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