(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.
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.