Embellishment - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ɪmˈbelɪʃmənt|  American pronunciation of the word embellishment
Brit.  |ɪmˈbelɪʃmənt|  British pronunciation of the word embellishment

noun

- elaboration of an interpretation by the use of decorative (sometimes fictitious) detail(syn: embroidery)

the mystery has been heightened by many embellishments in subsequent retellings

- a superfluous ornament
- the act of adding extraneous decorations to something (syn: ornamentation)

Examples

...a colorful mobile is just the embellishment that the soon-to-be nursery needs...

...the actor's penchant for embellishment suggests that his memoirs would be more appropriately shelved in the fiction section...

the mystery has been heightened by many embellishments in subsequent retellings

Word forms

noun
singular: embellishment
plural: embellishments
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