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I've been trying to find an answer but any search for views embed display brings up a bunch of unrelated modules and questions.

There is a Views Display Type/Mode/Whatever called "Embed" that you select when creating different views in your view:

views embed display

For what can I use this display type?

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This is a display which can be embedded via views_embed_view() or drupal_view() of Twig Tweak.

You can embed other display types, too, for example Page or Block, but the first one generates a route and the second one a block derivate you see when adding blocks to the block layout. So Embed is basically a display type which does nothing until you embed it in code.

The only explanation you can find in Views UI is in the general settings, where there is this checkbox:

[x] Allow embedded displays

Embedded displays can be used in code via views_embed_view().

Which by the way is without function and there is an open issue to remove it.

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