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garnish

verb gar·nish \ ˈgär-nish \
Updated on: 20 Apr 2018

Definition of garnish

b : to add decorative or savory touches to (food or drink)
  • garnished the fish with parsley leaves
2 : to equip with accessories : furnish
3 : garnishee

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Examples of garnish in a Sentence

  1. Chocolate curls garnished the cake.

  2. a chef who never served any dish without first garnishing it

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Origin and Etymology of garnish

Middle English garnishen "to equip, decorate," borrowed from Anglo-French garniss-, present stem of garnir, warnir "to give notice, warn, instruct, give legal summons, provide (for), equip, trim, decorate," going back to Old Low Franconian *warnjan-, variant or reduction of West Germanic *warnōjan- "to make aware" — more at warn

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

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garnish

noun

Definition of garnish

2 : something (such as lemon wedges or parsley) used to decorate or flavor 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 in a Sentence

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

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Origin and Etymology of garnish

derivative of 1garnish

GARNISH Defined for English Language Learners

garnish

Definition of garnish for English Language Learners

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


garnish

Definition of garnish for English Language Learners

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


GARNISH Defined for Kids

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garnish

verb gar·nish \ ˈgär-nish \

Definition of garnish for Students

garnished; garnishing
: to add decorations or seasoning (as to food)

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garnish

noun

Definition of garnish for Students

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

Law Dictionary

garnish

transitive verb gar·nish \ ˈgär-nish \

legal Definition of garnish

1 : to subject (property or money) to garnishment
2 : to seek satisfaction of (a debt) through garnishment — compare attach, levy

Origin and Etymology of garnish

Anglo-French garniss-, stem of garnir to garnish, give legal summons, warn, from Old French, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German warnōn to take heed


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