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 Beanie wore a custom white Miu Miu dress with black floral print embellishments. Gianluca Russo, Teen Vogue, "How to Achieve Beanie Feldstein's Stunning Oscar's Hair Style," 11 Feb. 2020 Saint Laurent by Anthony Vaccarello, $11,500, Saint Laurent, 3 East 57th Street, New York Stand out in a crowd with these gold embellishments. WSJ, "Olé! The Beaded Bolero Makes a Statement," 10 Feb. 2020 Co-produced with multi-instrumentalist Devin D’Amato and engineer Brian Phillips, Thompson crafts a leisurely beat that invites immediate, instinctive head nodding with light synth embellishments that add to the song’s dreamy surrealism. Bryan Kress, Billboard, "Alt Bloom Takes Over the Streets of Los Angeles in 'West Coast' Visual: Exclusive," 17 Jan. 2020 Her talent outfit is a black-and-silver beaded jumpsuit with a choker collar and a leopard print to her waist, with jeweled embellishments on her left pants leg. Don Maines, Houston Chronicle, "Will Pearland’s Chandler Foreman win Miss America tonight?," 19 Dec. 2019 The heir to the throne dressed like a true future monarch, wrapped in a quilted black-and-white asymmetrical dress adorned with beaded embellishments. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Sweden's Royals Wore All the Tiaras at the Nobel Prize Ceremony," 10 Dec. 2019 The diminutive Parton, dressed in a relatively subdued black-and-white ensemble with red rhinestone embellishments, is perched on a lavender chair on top a bright pink fuzzy rug, a bright light at her feet bathing her in an ethereal glow. Meredith Blake, chicagotribune.com, "Dolly Parton refuses to get political. She’d prefer to heal the divide," 18 Nov. 2019 The goods looked duly crisp and fresh, and plenty of black suits with slick details and patent leather shoes with insect embellishments presented themselves. New York Times, "Woodbury Common: Bargain Hunting in the Fashion Afterlife," 1 Oct. 2019 Smokey Robinson and Quavo of Migos turned to red for statement jackets — Robinson's a floral print and Quavo's a double-breasted jacket with crimson gem embellishments and matching red trousers. Lindsay Weinberg, The Hollywood Reporter, "Guys Rock Bold Patterns at the Grammys," 27 Jan. 2020

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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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26 Feb 2020

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“Embellishment.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/embellishment. Accessed 27 Feb. 2020.

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