Garnish meaning

gärnĭsh
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.

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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.

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An ornamentation or embellishment, especially one added to a prepared food or drink for decoration or added flavor.
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To decorate; adorn; embellish; trim.
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(law) To attach as a result of a garnishment.
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A decoration; ornament.
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Something put on or around food to add color or flavor, as parsley or watercress.
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(obs.) A fee, esp. one formerly extorted from new prisoners by inmates of English jails or by the jailer.
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To seize a debtor’s property, held by a third party, in order to recover a debt; commonly against debtor’s earnings from an employer.
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To decorate with ornamental appendages; to set off; to adorn; to embellish.
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(cooking) To ornament, as a dish, with something laid about it; as, a dish garnished with parsley.
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To furnish; to supply.

By his spirit he hath garnished the heavens; his hand hath formed the crooked serpent. (Job 26:13, KJV)

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(slang, archaic) To fit with fetters.

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(law) To warn by garnishment; to give notice to; to garnishee.
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A set of dishes, often pewter, containing a dozen pieces of several types.
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Pewter vessels in general.
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Something added for embellishment; decoration; ornament; also, dress; garments, especially when showy or decorated.
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(cooking) Something set round or upon a dish as an embellishment.
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(slang, historical) A fee; specifically, in English jails, formerly an unauthorized fee demanded from a newcomer by the older prisoners.

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To decorate (food) with something that adds color or flavor.

A steak garnished with parsley.

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Origin of garnish

  • 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

  • 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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