- 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 ungarnished
There was nothing for it but to turn from the ungarnished sideboard and face her again.Adrienne Toner
Anne Douglas Sedgwick
His style is his own, plain, clear, ungarnished and straight-forward.Memoir of Rev. Joseph Badger
Elihu G. Holland
Besides, you want the unvarnished and ungarnished truth, and I'm no hand for that.The Man in Lower Ten
Mary Roberts Rinehart
These ungarnished, clear words, which offer nothing new, still contain as much as may be said and explained.Criminal Psychology
Amidst a cluster of locusts and weeping willows, rose the spire of the church, in the ungarnished decency of Sunday neatness.Alonzo and Melissa
Daniel Jackson, Jr.
- 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 ungarnished
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.