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1garnish

verb gar·nish \ˈgär-nish\

: to put something on (food) as a decoration; also : to be added as a decoration to (food)

Full Definition of GARNISH

transitive verb
1
a :  decorate, embellish
b :  to add decorative or savory touches to (food or drink)
2
:  to equip with accessories :  furnish
3
:  garnishee
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Examples of GARNISH

  1. Chocolate curls garnished the cake.
  2. <a chef who never served any dish without first garnishing it>

Origin of GARNISH

Middle English, from Anglo-French garniss-, stem of garnir to warn, equip, garnish, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German warnōn to take heed — more at warn
First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of GARNISH

adorn, decorate, ornament, embellish, beautify, deck, garnish mean to enhance the appearance of something by adding something unessential. adorn implies an enhancing by something beautiful in itself <a diamond necklace adorned her neck>. decorate suggests relieving plainness or monotony by adding beauty of color or design <decorate a birthday cake>. ornament and embellish imply the adding of something extraneous, ornament stressing the heightening or setting off of the original <a white house ornamented with green shutters>, embellish often stressing the adding of superfluous or adventitious ornament <embellish a page with floral borders>. beautify adds to embellish a suggestion of counterbalancing plainness or ugliness <will beautify the grounds with flower beds>. deck implies the addition of something that contributes to gaiety, splendor, or showiness <a house all decked out for Christmas>. garnish suggests decorating with a small final touch and is used especially in referring to the serving of food <an entrée garnished with parsley>.

Other Food Terms

Reuben, calamari, chuck, curry, edamame, foie gras, hummus, leaven, nonpareil, peel

Rhymes with GARNISH

2garnish

noun

: something (such as small pieces of fruit, chopped herbs, etc.) that is put on food as a decoration

Full Definition of GARNISH

2
:  something (as lemon wedges or parsley) used to garnish food or drink
3
a :  an unauthorized fee formerly extorted from a new inmate of an English jail
b :  a similar payment required of a new worker

Examples of GARNISH

  1. <added a garnish of parsley to the plate before serving it>

First Known Use of GARNISH

1596

Other Food Terms

Reuben, calamari, chuck, curry, edamame, foie gras, hummus, leaven, nonpareil, peel
GARNISHED Defined for Kids

1garnish

verb gar·nish \ˈgär-nish\
gar·nishedgar·nish·ing

Definition of GARNISH for Kids

:  to add decorations or seasoning (as to food)

2garnish

noun

Definition of GARNISH for Kids

:  something used to add decoration or flavoring (as to food)

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