1. [ noun ] a superfluous ornament
Related terms: decoration cuspidation festoon filigree vermiculation flourish garnish boulle
2. [ noun ] elaboration of an interpretation by the use of decorative (sometimes fictitious) detail
Synonyms: embroidery

"the mystery has been heightened by many embellishments in subsequent retellings"

Related terms: expansion embroider
3. [ noun ] the act of adding extraneous decorations to something
Synonyms: ornamentation
Related terms: decoration decorate
Similar spelling:   embellished