• A court-yard embellished by an exquisite old stone staircase
    A court-yard embellished by an exquisite old stone staircase
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n embellishment the act of adding extraneous decorations to something
    • n embellishment a superfluous ornament
    • n embellishment elaboration of an interpretation by the use of decorative (sometimes fictitious) detail "the mystery has been heightened by many embellishments in subsequent retellings"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Embellishment That which adds beauty or elegance; ornament; decoration; as, pictorial embellishments . "The graces and embellishments of the exterior man."
    • Embellishment The act of adorning, or the state of being adorned; adornment. "In the selection of their ground, as well as in the embellishment of it."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n embellishment The act of embellishing, or the state of being embellished.
    • n embellishment Ornament; decoration; anything that adds beauty or elegance; that which renders anything tasteful or pleasing to the sense: as, rich dresses are embellishments, of the person; virtue is an embellishment of the mind.
    • n embellishment Specifically In music, an ornamental addition to the essential tones of a melody, such as a trill, an appoggiatura, a turn, etc.; a grace or decoration. Synonyms and Adornment, enrichment.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Embellishment act of embellishing or adorning: decoration: ornament
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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.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. embellissement,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. embellir, embellissantem, in, bel, beau, beautiful.


In literature:

How extravagant, then, is this error of yours, in thinking that anything can be embellished by adornments not its own.
"The Consolation of Philosophy" by Boethius
It has been embellished by most of the succeeding kings and queens.
"The Nursery, Volume 17, No. 101, May, 1875" by Various
To it we added embellishments, multiplying excitements.
"White Shadows in the South Seas" by Frederick O'Brien
He asked Jim, with various embellishments of speech, what it was all about, and Jim told him and told him truly.
"The Uphill Climb" by B. M. Bower
The money-lender embellished the facts slightly so as the further to emphasize them.
"The Story of the Foss River Ranch" by Ridgwell Cullum
But the articles did not need such embellishment.
"William Lloyd Garrison" by Archibald H. Grimke
Tacitus himself did not embellish with more commanding morality his histories.
"Continental Monthly - Volume 1 - Issue 3" by Various
Walls are of marble embellished with bronze-gilt trophies; large niches contain statues in the antique style.
"The Story of Versailles" by Francis Loring Payne
This just punishment of impertinent language will serve as no small embellishment for it.
"The Cid" by Pierre Corneille
Images were made of the precious metals, and enriched with gems and costly attire, and art was exhausted to embellish them.
"Sermons on Various Important Subjects" by Andrew Lee

In poetry:

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
How long perverted, had the Comic scene,
(The flattering reflex of a sensual age)
Shown prurient Folly's rank licentious mien,
Refined, embellish'd on the pander stage:
"Sheridan" by Thomas Gent
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
Yes, sometimes in a smoking-room, through clouds of "Ers" an "Ums,"
Obliquely and by inference, illumination comes,
On some step that they have taken, or some action they approve
Embellished with the argot of the Upper Fourth Remove.
"The Puzzler" by Rudyard Kipling

In news:

Make a matching tail or embellish a sweatshirt to wear with the mask to complete the quick-and-easy costume.
Gilded, bejeweled, embroidered and embellished, fall's lush extras mix old-world opulence with a fierce rock 'n' roll twist.
Spice up winter staples with candy colors, animal prints, and embellished trim.
Costume designer Lyn Paolo said she likes to use jewelry that "embellishes the costume, but also disappears".
Shock over the news that Yahoo CEO Scott Thompson padded his resume with an embellished college degree quickly gave way to two questions: How the hell did this happen.
Created a shocking ensemble for Gram Parsons, the proto-country rocker, embellished with pills and marijuana leaves.
Embellished scarves get shimmer and shine from sequins, rhinestones, metallic threads.
Throughout, the artwork shows the boy and an affectionate cat amidst the clutter of the sorcerer 's laboratory, including equipment embellished with gargoyle heads and secret symbols.
Philadelphia dubstep, grime and "street-bass" ace Starkey will headline a lights-and-lasers-embellished show on Saturday night at the Arcata Theatre Lounge.
While on hiatus from a career as a commercial real estate developer, Bill Valaika of Evergreen is using the down time to embellish guitars that are being auctioned off for worthy causes.
"Every room has its own color palette," says Christina Aguilera, who embellished her black-and-white kitchen with splashes of red, yellow and pink.
Eye-catching accents, from sequinned belts and purses to embellished shrugs and boots, give tweens the festive look they want.
Uh-huh, late October and November – both months are embellished with veggie gardens and little turnip patches, as my Granny called them.
Thumbing his nose at a changing world, President Fidel Castro is embellishing one of his sturdiest themes, the resolute defiance of tiny Cuba against its gargantuan neighbor, the United States.
Rubber stamps are great for decorating note cards, tea towels, plates, and to embellish basic frames.

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