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embellishment

[em-bel-ish-muh nt] /ɛmˈbɛl ɪʃ mənt/
noun
1.
an ornament or decoration.
2.
a fictitious addition, as to a factual statement.
3.
Music.
  1. ornament (def 8).
  2. auxiliary tone.
4.
the act of embellishing.
5.
state of being embellished.
Origin
1615-1625
1615-25; embellish + -ment
Related forms
nonembellishment, noun
overembellishment, noun
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Examples from the web for embellishments
  • Try these other embellishments for our rich, soft brownies.
  • Arrange flat buttons around the top edge of the lid for embellishments.
  • These purchases usually went along with embellishments such as minarets.
  • He circulated the story in town with various embellishments.
  • If there are six or more, the chances are they are edible, and that one or two of a kind are embellishments only.
  • Personalize it by using your favorite embellishments and craft techniques.
  • Evening wear is opulent, trimmed with ornate embroidery and embellishments and designs featuring symbols favored for centuries.
  • Diving, and embellishments on contact are part of the game, but it shouldn't be tolerated in the playoffs if it can be detected.
  • Maple syrup is an honest food that doesn't need any embellishments.
  • Butter, salt and other embellishments are available at a counter, and gift packages are sold.
Word Origin and History for embellishments

embellishment

n.

1590s, from embellish + -ment.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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