AskDefine | Define garnish

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1 something (such as parsley) added to a dish for flavor or decoration
2 any decoration added as a trimming or adornment


1 take a debtor's wages on legal orders, such as for child support; "His employer garnished his wages in order to pay his debt" [syn: garnishee]
2 decorate (food), as with parsley or other ornamental foods [syn: trim, dress]

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From Middle English, From Middle French garniss.


  1. To decorate with ornamental appendages; to set off; to adorn; to embellish; as, all within with flowers was garnished.
  2. To ornament, as a dish, with something laid about it; as, a dish garnished with parsley.
  3. To furnish; to supply.
    By his spirit he hath garnished the heavens; his hand hath formed the crooked serpent. (Job 26:13, KJV)
  4. To fit with fetters.
  5. To warn by garnishment; to give notice to; to garnishee.


To decorate with ornamental appendages
To ornament
To furnish; to supply
To fit with fetters
To warn by garnishment


  1. a set of dishes, often pewter, containing a dozen pieces of several types.
  2. pewter vessels in general.
    • 1882: The accounts of collegiate and monastic institutions give abundant entries of the price of pewter vessels, called also garnish. — James Edwin Thorold Rogers, A History of Agriculture and Prices in England, Volume 4, p. 478.


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Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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