- 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.
garnish definition by Webster's New World
- 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: Middle 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
- garnisher noun
garnish definition by American Heritage Dictionary
transitive verb gar·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 To garnishee.
- a. Ornamentation; embellishment.b. An embellishment added to a prepared food or drink for decoration or added flavor.
- Slang An unwarranted fee, such as one extorted from a new prisoner by a jailer.
Origin: Middle English garnishen, from Old French garnir, garniss-, of Germanic origin; see wer-4 in Indo-European roots.
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