• A court-yard embellished by an exquisite old stone staircase
    A court-yard embellished by an exquisite old stone staircase
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v embellish make more beautiful
    • v embellish add details to
    • v embellish make more attractive by adding ornament, colour, etc. "Decorate the room for the party","beautify yourself for the special day"
    • v embellish be beautiful to look at "Flowers adorned the tables everywhere"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • embellish To set off with ornamentation; make beautiful, pleasing, or attractive to the eye or the mind; adorn; decorate; deck: as, to embellish the person with rich apparel; to embellish a garden with shrubs and flowers; a style embellished by metaphors; a book embellished by engravings.
    • embellish Synonyms Ornament, Decorate, etc. (see adorn). See list under decorate.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Embellish em-bel′ish to make beautiful with ornaments: to decorate: to make graceful: to illustrate pictorially, as a book
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  • Eliza Farnham
    Eliza Farnham
    “Each of the arts whose office is to refine, purify, adorn, embellish and grace life is under the patronage of a muse, no god being found worthy to preside over them.”
  • Jean Paul
    “Other exercises develop single powers and muscles, but dancing embellishes, exercises, and equalizes all the muscles at once.”
  • Philip Roth
    “Undermining experience, embellishing experience, rearranging and enlarging experience into a species of mythology.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. embellir, embellissantem, in, bel, beau, beautiful.


In literature:

A few specimens excavated are embellished with pleasing patterns in polychrome colors.
"New Discoveries at Jamestown" by John L. Cotter
They therefore eagerly collected, embellished, and spread these rumors.
"The Women of the Caesars" by Guglielmo Ferrero
Next he drew on a pair of elaborate gauntlets embellished with hand-worked silk roses of crimson.
"Sundown Slim" by Henry Hubert Knibbs
Around the columns, stanzas were inscribed, supported by Cupids, with other fanciful embellishments.
"Curiosities of Literature, Vol. II (of 3)" by Isaac Disraeli
There is no end of passages in HOMER, which must creep unless they are lifted; yet in such, all embellishment is out of the question.
"The Iliad of Homer" by Homer
For the most part the villages lie along the hillsides, surrounded by trees, embellished by chateaux and parks.
"World's War Events, Volume III" by Various
It was thought a pious task to amplify and embellish the simple narratives handed down by tradition.
"Hinduism And Buddhism, Volume II. (of 3)" by Charles Eliot
Marie told Esther the story of the ghost, with many embellishments.
"Golden Days for Boys and Girls, Vol. XIII, Nov. 28, 1891" by Various
Sheets cost $3, $3.50, $4, $5, $6, and on up to $17, the more expensive ones being embellished with hemstitching, scallops, or lace.
"The Complete Home" by Various
These, then, are the modern contributions for the embellishment of art!
"Piano and Song" by Friedrich Wieck

In poetry:

And further on the apple tree,
And the peach orchard there;
With worthy pride embellished me
With fruit trees ev'rywhere.
"Joe's Farm" by Samuel Alfred Beadle
There was an Old Person of Tring,
Who embellished his nose with a ring;
Ha gazed at the moon
Every evening in June,
That ecstatic Old Person in Tring.
"Limerick: There was an Old Person of Tring" by Edward Lear
Think not regretful I survey the deed,
Or added years no more the zeal allow;
Still, still observant, to the grove I speed,
The shrine embellish, and repeat the vow.
"Elegy XIX. - Written in Spring, 1743" by William Shenstone
Enrob'd in elegance, with smiling faces,
By Art embellish'd, by Delight inspir'd,
Around the pleasure garden danc'd the Graces,
Approv'd of Fancy, and by Taste admir'd.
"Pleasant View" by Thomas Odiorne
Fair reader! if wishing to fix on thy breast
The magic most sure every grace to endear,
As a gem on thy bosom let innocence rest,
Embellishing beauty, and banishing fear!
"The Baya: Or The Indian Bird" by William Hayley
To embellish his guilt, or to soften its shade,
The Arts mournful captives she kept;
And the plund'rer and plunder of Europe display'd
To the wand'rer, who wonder'd and wept.
"The Fury Of Discord" by Sir John Carr

In news:

When it comes to denim this fall, it's all about bold colors, fun prints and dazzling embellishments.
Wake up your Christmas tree with creatively embellished ornaments.
Embellishment added to show changes).
More fuel was added to speculation that "America's Got Talent" contestant Timothy Poe may have embellished his military record.
The band's ambitions are bigger here, too, the rootsy anthems lifted up by soaring harmony choruses, epic guitar solos, and rich organ embellishments.
A current trend is to add glitter, mylar, and other embellishments to nail enhancements, but how can nail techs be sure they aren't compromising the strength of the enhancement and causing premature service breakdown by adding too much.
Girly and fun, this little pink appliqued tiara is the perfect embellishment to a plain pink tee.
Overlapping with other recent trends like biker chic and military couture, elements from rebellious punk culture — like paper clip embellishments and leather — are, ironically, fashionable.
Macy's puts the push on embellished towel program.
Rihanna wore an embellished bikini performing her Loud tour in Minneapolis on Thursday.
We reused ribbons from last year's packages to embellish.
Back in August, Zoe Saldana wore a Balmain Resort 2012 embellished Mini dress to the premiere of Colombiana and just.
Download the free tutorial to learn how to sew a fall scarf and embellish it with fabric paint and crystals.
3D Add another dimension to scrapbooking with embellishments that pop off the page and 3D home dec 28 minutes.
Embellish a recycled frame with decorative paper and your cherished photos and memorabilia.

In science:

The integrals are too complex to embellish an introduction, and perhaps too complex for much actual computation.
Computing Super Matrix Invariants
The small networks discussed here could be embellished to resemble more realistic models, for instance by using Heisenberg spins instead of Ising ones, while remaining computationally feasible.
Small-Network Approximations for Geometrically Frustrated Ising Systems
In Section 3 we define Cannon–Thurston maps and prove an embellished version of a lemma of Mitra giving necessary and sufficient conditions for their being well–defined.
Cannon-Thurston maps, subgroup distortion, and hyperbolic hydra
We will use the Kac convention that symbols associated with G = ˙G will be embellished with a dot, and symbols associated with ˜L will generally have a tilde.
Invariant measures for unitary forms of Kac-Moody groups, Parts I-III
The original idea was proposed in the late 1950s by Husein Yilmaz, and later embellished by Richard Van Patten and Francis Everitt: measure the precession of the plane of a satellite in polar orbit.
Matters of Gravity, the newsletter of the APS TG on gravitation