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 Dictionary entry overview: What does embellishment mean? 

  The noun EMBELLISHMENT has 3 senses:

1. elaboration of an interpretation by the use of decorative (sometimes fictitious) detail
2. a superfluous ornament
3. the act of adding extraneous decorations to something

  Familiarity information: EMBELLISHMENT used as a noun is uncommon.

 Dictionary entry details 


Sense 1embellishment [BACK TO TOP]


Elaboration of an interpretation by the use of decorative (sometimes fictitious) detail

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents


embellishment; embroidery

Context example:

the mystery has been heightened by many embellishments in subsequent retellings

Hypernyms ("embellishment" is a kind of...):

elaboration; enlargement; expansion (a discussion that provides additional information)

Sense 2embellishment [BACK TO TOP]


A superfluous ornament

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Hypernyms ("embellishment" is a kind of...):

decoration; ornament; ornamentation (something used to beautify)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "embellishment"):

boule; boulle; buhl (an inlaid furniture decoration; tortoiseshell and yellow and white metal form scrolls in cabinetwork)

cuspidation (a decoration using cusps)

festoon (an embellishment consisting of a decorative representation of a string of flowers suspended between two points; used on pottery or in architectural work)

filagree; filigree; fillagree (delicate and intricate ornamentation (usually in gold or silver or other fine twisted wire))

vermiculation (a decoration consisting of wormlike carvings)

flourish (an ornamental embellishment in writing)

Sense 3embellishment [BACK TO TOP]


The act of adding extraneous decorations to something

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions


embellishment; ornamentation

Hypernyms ("embellishment" is a kind of...):

decoration (the act of decorating something (in the hope of making it more attractive))

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