1 elaboration of an interpretation by the use of decorative (sometimes fictitious) detail; "the mystery has been heightened by many embellishments in subsequent retellings" [syn: embroidery]
2 a superfluous ornament
3 the act of adding extraneous decorations to something [syn: ornamentation]
- /ɪmˈbɛlɪʃmənt/, /Im"bElISm@nt/
- 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.
An Embellishment is anything that enhances the appearance of something without having any functional purpose. A good example of this would be racing stripes (aka go-faster stripes) on a car.
Common examples of embellishment in sewing and crafts
Items that normally serve a function are also used as embellishment. For example
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