[ em-bel-ish ]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to beautify by or as if by ornamentation; ornament; adorn.

  2. to enhance (a statement or narrative) with fictitious additions.

Origin of embellish

1300–50; Middle English embelisshen<Anglo-French, Middle French embeliss- (stem of embelir), equivalent to em-em-1 + bel- (<Latin bellus pretty) + -iss--ish2

Other words for embellish

Other words from embellish

  • em·bel·lish·er, noun
  • non·em·bel·lished, adjective
  • non·em·bel·lish·ing, adjective
  • o·ver·em·bel·lish, verb (used with object)
  • re·em·bel·lish, verb (used with object)
  • un·em·bel·lished, adjective

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How to use embellish in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for embellish


/ (ɪmˈbɛlɪʃ) /

  1. to improve or beautify by adding detail or ornament; adorn

  2. to make (a story) more interesting by adding detail

  1. to provide (a melody, part, etc) with ornaments: See ornament (def. 5)

Origin of embellish

C14: from Old French embelir, from bel beautiful, from Latin bellus

Derived forms of embellish

  • embellisher, noun
  • embellishment, noun

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