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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Exterior and interior embellishments are nearly too plentiful to count. Drew Dorian, Car and Driver, "With the 2019 Hyundai Kona Iron Man Edition, MCU Means Marvel Car Universe," 10 May 2019 The sleeveless gown by Jean Paul Gaultier had a completely sheer underlayer but was covered with countless strands of sparkly embellishments from the neck all the way down to the feet. Avery Matera, Teen Vogue, "Halsey Wore a Bunch of Layered Necklaces as a Gown and That's It," 19 Nov. 2018 While the gown’s bodice was covered in decorative embellishments, the sleeves and skirt were entirely sheer, save for the scattering of black hearts along the delicate material. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Lily Collins Wears Sheer Elie Saab Gown to "Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile" European Premiere," 28 Apr. 2019 But while reality may be more complicated than Bollywood embellishment, Pakistan would be foolish to underestimate India’s growing expectations for its military and intelligence agencies. Sadanand Dhume, WSJ, "Pakistan-Based Jihadists Kill 40, and Indians Demand a Response," 21 Feb. 2019 Her dress, which is from Alberta Ferretti’s Fall 2018 collection, showed off her fit figure and featured jeweled embellishments across the shoulders and hem. Amina Lake Abdelrahman, Good Housekeeping, "Mandy Moore Just Rocked a Super-Short, Super-Edgy Dress for the MTV Awards," 18 June 2018 Taking an audaciously slow tempo, Lee reveled in long, legato phrases and delicate melodic embellishments. Howard Reich, chicagotribune.com, "Celebrating Sarah Vaughan and Mister Kelly's," 22 May 2018 Despite the difference in hues, both dresses feature a lightweight high-low cape with stunning crystal embellishments on the shoulders over a pleated floor-length skirt. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Someone Channeled Kate Middleton's Alexander McQueen Dress at the Golden Globes," 7 Jan. 2019 Kim’s completely sheer, sparkling dress was covered in delicate crystal embellishment, and featured a-symmetrical straps, a plunging neckline, and not a whole lot else. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Kim Kardashian Just Wore What's Possibly Her Most Naked Dress Ever," 18 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of embellishment

1591, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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