- to beautify by or as if by ornamentation; ornament; adorn.
- to enhance (a statement or narrative) with fictitious additions.
Origin of embellish
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Related Wordsbedeck, exaggerate, gild, overstate, festoon, embroider, adorn, trim, magnify, deck, color, enrich, elaborate, ornament, beautify, enhance, array, garnish, fudge, grace
Examples from the Web for embellished
Repeating an embellished story before a grand jury while under oath is an entirely different matter.There’s No Conspiracy in Ferguson’s Secret Jury
November 17, 2014
This time, Knightley updated the frock with embellished sleeves.Jay Z and Beyoncé Go Vegan; 2013 Was the Year of the Hipster
The Fashion Beast Team
December 4, 2013
The coats were embellished with large gemstones or sprinkled with paillettes.
His collection of embellished trousers and jackets were unapologetically ostentatious, unapologetically aimed at the one percent.
Paired with long vests, which were also embellished, they stirred up notions about religious uniforms, rituals, and rapture.Prada and Gucci Show Off Strong, Smart Sensuality at Milan Fall 2012 Fashion Shows
February 24, 2012
No parterres, no fountains, no statues, embellished this little garden.Joseph Andrews, Vol. 2
He had a pale face at the best of times, and it was embellished with straw-coloured hair.The Channings
Mrs. Henry Wood
He exaggerated, embellished, and dramatised the story which he had related to his wife.The Fortune of the Rougons
Before another day had passed the news item had been embellished.Galusha the Magnificent
Joseph C. Lincoln
They, too, like the Egyptians, embellished their tombs with mural paintings.Architecture
Thomas Roger Smith
- to improve or beautify by adding detail or ornament; adorn
- to make (a story) more interesting by adding detail
- to provide (a melody, part, etc) with ornamentsSee ornament (def. 5)
C14: from Old French embelir, from bel beautiful, from Latin bellus
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Word Origin and History for embellished
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