elaboration of an interpretation by the use of decorative (sometimes fictitious) detail
"the mystery has been heightened by many embellishments in subsequent retellings"
a superfluous ornament
the act of adding extraneous decorations to something
An unnecessarily added touch, an ornamental addition, a flourish.
1811 Reflection had given calmness to her judgment, and sobered her own opinion of Willoughby's deserts; -- she wished, therefore, to declare only the simple truth, and lay open such facts as were really due to his character, without any embellishment of tenderness to lead the fancy astray. Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility, Section 3, Chapter 1.
the act of adorning, or the state of being adorned; adornment
that which adds beauty or elegance; ornament; decoration; as, pictorial embellishments
Origin: [Cf. F. embellissement.]
In sewing and crafts an embellishment is anything that adds design interest to the piece.
The numerical value of embellishment in Chaldean Numerology is: 4
The numerical value of embellishment in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2
Images & Illustrations of embellishment
Translations for embellishment
From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary
Get even more translations for embellishment »
Find a translation for the embellishment definition in other languages:
Select another language:
Discuss these embellishment definitions with the community:
Word of the Day
Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?
Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:
"embellishment." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2017. Web. 26 May 2017. <http://www.definitions.net/definition/embellishment>.