[ gahr-nish-muh nt ]
/ ˈgɑr nɪʃ mənt /


  1. 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.
  2. a summons to a third party to appear in litigation pending between a creditor and debtor.
adornment or decoration.

Origin of garnishment

First recorded in 1540–50; garnish + -ment Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for garnishment


/ (ˈɡɑːnɪʃmənt) /


the act of garnishing
decoration or embellishment; garnish
  1. a notice or warning
  2. obsolete a summons to court proceedings already in progress
  3. 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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Word Origin and History for garnishment



1520s, from garnish + -ment.

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