- to provide or supply with something ornamental; adorn; decorate.
- to provide (a food) with something that adds flavor, decorative color, etc.: to garnish boiled potatoes with chopped parsley.
- something placed around or on a food or in a beverage to add flavor, decorative color, etc.
- adornment or decoration.
- Chiefly British. a fee formerly demanded of a new convict or worker by the warden, boss, or fellow prisoners or workers.
Origin of garnish
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Examples from the Web for garnishing
Once cool, break into small shards and use for garnishing the tarts.Bourbon Bacon Apple Tarts
August 25, 2009
Sour jelly is used for garnishing dishes of meat and salads.Desserts and Salads
But no garnishing of the chambers of my heart shall be for this wedding.The White Rose of Langley
Emily Sarah Holt
It has plain leaves, and consequently is not so desirable a sort for garnishing.The Field and Garden Vegetables of America
Make the garnishing simple, and have it eatable when possible.Foods and Household Management
The crust may be dried, beaten, and sifted, for frying and garnishing.Mrs. Hale's Receipts for the Million
Sarah Josepha Hale
- to decorate; trim
- to add something to (food) in order to improve its appearance or flavour
- to serve with notice of proceedings; warn
- obsoleteto summon to proceedings already in progress
- to attach (a debt)
- slang to extort money from
- a decoration; trimming
- something, such as parsley, added to a dish for its flavour or decorative effect
- obsolete, slang a payment illegally extorted, as from a prisoner by his jailer
Word Origin and History for garnishing
late 14c., from Old French garniss-, present participle stem of garnir "provide, furnish; fortify, reinforce," from a Germanic stem related to Proto-Germanic *warnejan "be cautious, guard, provide for" (cf. Old High German warnon "to take heed," Old English warnian "to take warning, beware;" see warn). Sense evolution is from "arm oneself" to "fit out" to "embellish," which was the earliest meaning in English, though the others also were used in Middle English. Culinary sense of "to decorate a dish for the table" predominated after c.1700. Older meaning survives in legal sense of "warning of attachment of funds" (1570s). Related: Garnished; garnishing.
late 14c., "set of tableware" (probably a dozen; usually pewter), from garnish (v.). Sense of "embellishments to food" is from 1670s.