- To make more beautiful and attractive by adding ornamentation; to decorate.
- The old book cover was embellished with golden letters
- (by extension) To enhance by adding something not strictly integral or necessary.
- c. 1587–1588, [Christopher Marlowe], Tamburlaine the Great. […] The First Part […], part 1, 2nd edition, London: […] [R. Robinson for] Richard Iones, […], published 1592, OCLC 932920499; reprinted as Tamburlaine the Great (A Scolar Press Facsimile), Menston, Yorkshire; London: Scolar Press, 1973, →ISBN, Act I, scene ii:
- A Scythian Shepherd, so imbelliſhed
With Natures pride, and richeſt furniture?
His looks do menace heauen & dare the Gods,
His fiery eies are fixt vpon the earth.
- To make something sound or look better or more acceptable than it is in reality; to distort, to embroider.
- to embellish a story, the truth
to make more beautiful and attractive
to make sound or look better