A set of dishes, often pewter, containing a dozen pieces of several types.
Pewter vessels in general.
Other Word Forms of Garnish
Origin of Garnish
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.
Middle English garnishen from Old French garnir garniss- of Germanic origin wer-4 in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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