AskDefine | Define embellish

Dictionary Definition

embellish

Verb

2 be beautiful to look at; "Flowers adorned the tables everywhere" [syn: deck, adorn, decorate, grace, beautify]
3 make more attractive by adding ornament, colour, etc.; "Decorate the room for the party"; "beautify yourself for the special day" [syn: decorate, adorn, grace, ornament, beautify]
4 make more beautiful [syn: beautify, prettify] [ant: uglify]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Etymology

From embellir.

Pronunciation

  • /ɪmˈbɛlɪʃ/, /Im"bElIS/

Verb

  1. To make more beautiful and attractive; to decorate.
    The old book cover was embellished with golden letters
  2. To make something sound or look better or more acceptable than it is in reality, to distort.
    to embellish a story, the truth

Translations

To make more beautiful and attractive; to decorate
To make something sound or look better or more acceptable than it is in reality, to distort

Extensive Definition

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.
In sewing and crafts, an embellishment is anything that adds design interest to the piece.

Common examples of embellishment in sewing and crafts

Items that normally serve a function are also used as embellishment. For example
  • buttons can be placed nowhere on the piece
  • zippers can be unzipped and be used as piping, or simply stiched on
  • buckles can be placed anywhere on the piece
  • grommets can be placed anywhere even when there is no cord is looped through them
  • sequins can be placed anywhere

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