UK [ɪmˈbelɪʃmənt] / US noun [countable/uncountable]
Word forms "embellishment":
singular embellishment plural embellishments
1) a detail added to a story to make it more interesting, especially one that is not completely true, or the process of doing this
2) a decoration added to something in order to make it more beautiful, or the process of doing this

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  • Embellishment — Em*bel lish*ment, n. [Cf. F. embellissement.] 1. The act of adorning, or the state of being adorned; adornment. [1913 Webster] In the selection of their ground, as well as in the embellishment of it. Prescott. [1913 Webster] 2. That which adds… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • embellishment — index bombast, exaggeration, expletive, motif Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • embellishment — англ. [имбэ/лишмэнт] embellissement фр. [анбэлисма/н] украшение, мелизм …   Словарь иностранных музыкальных терминов

  • embellishment — 1590s, from EMBELLISH (Cf. embellish) + MENT (Cf. ment) …   Etymology dictionary

  • embellishment — [n] beautification; decorating adornment, coloring, decoration, doodad*, elaboration, embroidering, embroidery, enhancement, enrichment, exaggeration, fandangle*, floridity, flowery speech, frill, froufrou*, fuss*, garnish, gilding, gingerbread* …   New thesaurus

  • embellishment — [em bel′ishmənt, im bel′ishmənt] n. 1. an embellishing or being embellished; ornamentation 2. something that embellishes, as an ornament, a fictitious touch added to a factual account, a musical phrase, etc …   English World dictionary

  • Embellishment — See also Ornament (music). In sewing and crafts an embellishment is anything that adds design interest to the piece.Common examples of embellishment in sewing and crafts* appliqué * embroidery, done either by machine or by hand * piping made from …   Wikipedia

  • embellishment — [[t]ɪmbe̱lɪʃmənt[/t]] embellishments N VAR An embellishment is a decoration added to something to make it seem more attractive or interesting. ...Renaissance embellishments... Florence is full of public buildings with little bits of decoration… …   English dictionary

  • embellishment — noun /ɪmˈbɛlɪʃmənt/ An unnecessarily added touch, an ornamental addition, a flourish. 1811 Reflection had given calmness to her judgment, and sobered her own opinion of Willoughbys deserts; she wished, therefore, to declare only the simple truth …   Wiktionary

  • embellishment — embellish ► VERB 1) make more attractive; decorate. 2) add extra details to (a story or account) for interest. DERIVATIVES embellisher noun embellishment noun. ORIGIN Old French embellir, from bel handsome …   English terms dictionary

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