- The definition of a garnish is a decorative topping.
An example of a garnish is a cherry and pineapple on top of a pina colada.
- Garnish is defined as to add decorative items to something or to withhold wages to satisfy a legal order to repay a debt.
- An example of to garnish is to top a bowl of soup with a sprig of parsley.
- An example of to garnish is to send $250 a week of an employee's wages to the court for the employee's child support debt.
Roast lamb with a garnish of mint.
- to decorate; adorn; embellish; trim
- to decorate (food) with something that adds color or flavor: a steak garnished with parsley
- Law to attach as a result of a garnishment
Origin of garnishMiddle English garnischen ; from extended stem of Old French garnir, to furnish, protect ; from Germanic an unverified form warnjan from source warn
- a decoration; ornament
- something put on or around food to add color or flavor, as parsley or watercress
- Obsolete a fee, esp. one formerly extorted from new prisoners by inmates of English jails or by the jailer
transitive verbgar·nished, gar·nish·ing, gar·nish·es
- a. To enhance in appearance by adding decorative touches; embellish: a coat that was garnished with a fur collar.b. To decorate (prepared food or drink) with small colorful or savory items: garnished the potatoes with parsley.
- Law a. To seize (property such as wages) by garnishment.b. To serve (someone) with papers announcing the garnishment of that person's property in order to satisfy a debt.
Origin of garnishMiddle English garnishen, from Old French garnir, garniss-, of Germanic origin; see wer-4 in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present garnishes, present participle garnishing, simple past and past participle garnished)
- To decorate with ornamental appendages; to set off; to adorn; to embellish.
- (cooking) To ornament, as a dish, with something laid about it; as, a dish garnished with parsley.
- To furnish; to supply.
- By his spirit he hath garnished the heavens; his hand hath formed the crooked serpent. (Job 26:13, KJV)
- (slang, archaic) To fit with fetters.
- (law) To warn by garnishment; to give notice to; to garnishee.
- A set of dishes, often pewter, containing a dozen pieces of several types.
- Pewter vessels in general.
- Something added for embellishment; decoration; ornament; also, dress; garments, especially when showy or decorated.
- (cooking) Something set round or upon a dish as an embellishment.
- (slang, historical) A fee; specifically, in English jails, formerly an unauthorized fee demanded from a newcomer by the older prisoners.
From Middle English garnischen, from Old French garniss-, stem of certain forms of the verb garnir, guarnir, warnir (“to provide, furnish, avert, defend, warn, fortify, garnish”), from a conflation of Old Frankish *warnjan (“to refuse, deny”) and *warnōn (“warn, protect, prepare, beware, guard oneself”), from Proto-Germanic *warnijaną (“to worry, care, heed”) and Proto-Germanic *warnōną (“to warn”); both from Proto-Indo-European *wer- (“to defend, protect, cover”). Cognate with Old English wiernan (“to withhold, be sparing of, deny, refuse, reject, decline, forbid, prevent from, avert”) and warnian (“to warn, caution, take warning, take heed, guard oneself against, deny”). More at warn.
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