- 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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Related Wordstrim, adornment, ornament, enhancement, decoration, ornamentation, trimming, tinsel, furbelow, gingerbread, bedeck, deck, beautify, decorate, enhance, grace, adorn
Examples from the Web for garnish
Chill them in the ice water, strain, pat dry, and reserve for the garnish.Daniel Boulud Reveals His 4 Favorite Recipes From His New Cookbook
October 15, 2013
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December 28, 2012
To assemble taco place escabeche, fish and tartar sauce in a tortilla and garnish with cilantro and lime.Cinco de Mayo Recipes: Tacos for One and All
May 4, 2012
Strain over crushed ice and garnish with a lime wedge and maraschino cherry.Lights, Camera, Cocktails
October 29, 2011
Finish with Angostura bitters and garnish with a lemon wheel.Lights, Camera, Cocktails
September 23, 2011
Garnish each fillet with a Spanish olive stuffed with anchovy.
Put the tongue on a dish and garnish it with slices of fried cucumber.
Fry in butter, and garnish with fried parsley and fried croutons.
Pour over the dressing, and garnish with hard-boiled eggs and beetroot.
Any cooked vegetables can be put in the centre for a garnish.
- 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 garnish
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.