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Pronunciation:  em'belishmunt

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the act of adding extraneous decorations to something
  2. [n]  a superfluous ornament
  3. [n]  elaboration of an interpretation by the use of decorative (sometimes fictitious) detail; "the mystery has been heightened by many embellishments in subsequent retellings"

EMBELLISHMENT is a 13 letter word that starts with E.


 Synonyms: embroidery, ornamentation
 See Also: boule, boulle, buhl, cuspidation, decoration, decoration, elaboration, enlargement, expansion, festoon, filagree, filigree, fillagree, flourish, ornament, ornamentation, vermiculation



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Em*bel"lish*ment\, n. [Cf. F. embellissement.]
1. The act of adorning, or the state of being adorned;

         In the selection of their ground, as well as in the
         embellishment of it.                  --Prescott.

2. That which adds beauty or elegance; ornament; decoration;
   as, pictorial embellishments.

         The graces and embellishments of the exterior man.
                                               --I. Taylor.

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