[ gahr-nish-muhnt ]
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  1. Law.

    • a warning, served on a third party to hold, subject to the court's direction, money or property belonging to a debtor who is being sued by a creditor.

    • a summons to a third party to appear in litigation pending between a creditor and debtor.

  2. adornment or decoration.

Origin of garnishment

First recorded in 1540–50; garnish + -ment

Words Nearby garnishment Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use garnishment in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for garnishment


/ (ˈɡɑːnɪʃmənt) /

  1. the act of garnishing

  2. decoration or embellishment; garnish

  1. law

    • a notice or warning

    • obsolete a summons to court proceedings already in progress

    • a notice warning a person holding money or property belonging to a debtor whose debt has been attached to hold such property until directed by the court to apply it

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