[gahr-nish] /ˈgɑr nɪʃ/
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."
  1. to attach (as money due or property belonging to a debtor) by garnishment; garnishee.
  2. to summon in, so as to take part in litigation already pending between others.
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.
1300–50; Middle English garnishen < Old French garniss- (extended stem of garnir, guarnir to furnish < Gmc); cf. warn
Related forms
garnishable, adjective
garnisher, noun
overgarnish, verb (used with object)
regarnish, verb (used with object)
undergarnish, verb (used with object)
ungarnished, adjective
well-garnished, adjective
1. embellish, ornament, beautify, trim, bedeck, bedizen, set off, enhance. 5. ornament; garniture.
Example Sentences for garnish
Garnish with finely diced vegetables and a sprig of the cilantro.
If the caviar is there and the garnish is all a crasher has an eye for, then there is that too.
Squeeze lime to taste and garnish with coriander leaves.
Immediately before serving, add fresh berries to garnish.
Texture a bit rough for eating, but fun garnish for cold drinks and berried desserts.
Sauerkraut is a tasty and nutritious addition to the bratwurst boiling mixture and is festive as a garnish.
Empty the contents into the pie plate, reserving one tablespoon for garnish.
Cut the smoked eel filet in long, thin bands and use as a garnish.
If you have an herb garden, fresh oregano makes a great garnish.
Press eggs through a fine strainer to make a pretty garnish for spinach salad.
British Dictionary definitions for garnish
garnish (ˈɡɑːnɪʃ)
1.  to decorate; trim
2.  to add something to (food) in order to improve its appearance or flavour
3.  law
 a.  to serve with notice of proceedings; warn
 b.  obsolete to summon to proceedings already in progress
 c.  to attach (a debt)
4.  slang to extort money from
5.  a decoration; trimming
6.  something, such as parsley, added to a dish for its flavour or decorative effect
7.  obsolete, slang a payment illegally extorted, as from a prisoner by his jailer
[C14: from Old French garnir to adorn, equip, of Germanic origin; compare Old High German warnōn to pay heed]

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Word Origin and History for garnish
c.1300, from O.Fr. garniss-, stem of garnir "provide, furnish, defend," from P.Gmc. *warnejan "be cautious, guard, provide for" (cf. O.E. warnian "to take warning, beware;" see warn). Sense evolution is from "arm oneself" to "fit out" to "embellish," which was the earliest meaning in English, though the others also were used in M.E. Culinary sense of "to decorate a dish for the table" predominated after c.1700. Older meaning survives in legal sense of "warning of attachment of funds" (1580s). Related: Garnished; garnishing; garnishee; garnishment.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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garnish in the Bible

overlay with stones (2 Chr. 3:6), adorn (Rev. 21:19), deck with garlands (Matt. 23:29), furnish (12:44). In Job 26:13 (Heb. shiphrah, meaning "brightness"), "By his spirit the heavens are brightness" i.e., are bright, splendid, beautiful.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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Encyclopedia Article for garnish

an embellishment added to a food to enhance its appearance or taste. Simple garnishes such as chopped herbs, decoratively cut lemons, parsley and watercress sprigs, browned breadcrumbs, sieved hardcooked eggs, and broiled tomatoes are appropriate to a wide variety of foods; their purpose is to provide contrast in colour, texture, and taste, and to give a finished appearance to the dish

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