Definition of "embellishment" []

  • The act of embellishing or the state of being embellished. (noun)
  • Something that embellishes; a decoration. (noun)
  • Music A note that embellishes a melody. (noun)
  • To improve or beautify by adding detail or ornament; adorn (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To make (a story) more interesting by adding detail (verb)
  • To provide (a melody, part, etc) with ornaments (verb) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "embellishment" in a sentence
  • "The smoke-key embellishment is a result of some experimenting I did with etching metal."
  • "Mature enough by this time to realize that his account of his time at Business International could be described as embellishment"
  • "Which wasn't entirely true; by one account, "Don't Mess Around With Jim" once had upwards of 30 verses, but he knew how to make his point and wasn't interested in embellishment."