[em-bel-ish-muh nt]


an ornament or decoration.
a fictitious addition, as to a factual statement.
the act of embellishing.
state of being embellished.

Origin of embellishment

First recorded in 1615–25; embellish + -ment
Related formsnon·em·bel·lish·ment, nouno·ver·em·bel·lish·ment, noun
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Contemporary Examples of embellishment

Historical Examples of embellishment

  • Thousands of graves must have been sacrificed for the embellishment of one.

    Pagan and Christian Rome

    Rodolfo Lanciani

  • I am the extension, my good Prosper; I am the embellishment!

  • Dressing is not regarded as an adulteration, but as an embellishment.


    William H. Dooley

  • The truth, in this case, is romantic enough and needs no embellishment.

  • And all the old puzzles are capable of improvement, embellishment, and extension.

    The Canterbury Puzzles

    Henry Ernest Dudeney

Word Origin and History for embellishment

1590s, from embellish + -ment.

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