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.
adornment or decoration.

1540–50; garnish + -ment Unabridged
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garnishment (ˈɡɑːnɪʃmənt)
1.  the act of garnishing
2.  decoration or embellishment; garnish
3.  law
 a.  a notice or warning
 b.  obsolete a summons to court proceedings already in progress
 c.  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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Example sentences
After expiration of the garnishment, another garnishment can be issued.
The garnishment summons and notice to debtor must be substantially in the
  following form.
It frequently will take more than one garnishment to satisfy a judgment if no
  other payments are made.
Plaintiff requests a writ of non-periodic garnishment.
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