verb (used with object), gar·nish·eed, gar·nish·ee·ing.
  1. to attach (money or property) by garnishment.
  2. to serve (a person) with a garnishment.
  1. a person served with a garnishment.

Origin of garnishee

First recorded in 1620–30; garnish + -ee Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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British Dictionary definitions for garnishee


  1. a person upon whom a garnishment has been served
verb -nishees, -nisheeing or -nisheed (tr)
  1. to attach (a debt or other property) by garnishment
  2. to serve (a person) with a garnishment
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Word Origin and History for garnishee

1620s, from garnish (v.) + -ee.

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