garnish

[ gahr-nish ]
/ ˈgɑr nɪʃ /
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verb (used with object)

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.
Law.
  1. to attach (as money due or property belonging to a debtor) by garnishment; garnishee: The court garnished his wages when he refused to pay child support.
  2. to summon in, so as to take part in litigation already pending between others.

noun

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

1300–50; Middle English garnishen < Old French garniss- (extended stem of garnir, guarnir to furnish < Gmc); cf. warn

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garnish

/ (ˈɡɑːnɪʃ) /

verb (tr)

to decorate; trim
to add something to (food) in order to improve its appearance or flavour
law
  1. to serve with notice of proceedings; warn
  2. obsolete to summon to proceedings already in progress
  3. to attach (a debt)
slang to extort money from

noun

Derived Forms

garnisher, noun

Word Origin for garnish

C14: from Old French garnir to adorn, equip, of Germanic origin; compare Old High German warnōn to pay heed
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