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garnish

[gahr-nish] /ˈgɑr nɪʃ/
verb (used with object)
1.
to provide or supply with something ornamental; adorn; decorate.
2.
to provide (a food) with something that adds flavor, decorative color, etc.:
to garnish boiled potatoes with chopped parsley.
3.
Law.
  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.
noun
4.
something placed around or on a food or in a beverage to add flavor, decorative color, etc.
5.
adornment or decoration.
6.
Chiefly British. a fee formerly demanded of a new convict or worker by the warden, boss, or fellow prisoners or workers.
Origin
1300-1350
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
Synonyms
1. embellish, ornament, beautify, trim, bedeck, bedizen, set off, enhance. 5. ornament; garniture.
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British Dictionary definitions for wellgarnished

garnish

/ˈɡɑːnɪʃ/
verb (transitive)
1.
to decorate; trim
2.
to add something to (food) in order to improve its appearance or flavour
3.
(law)
  1. to serve with notice of proceedings; warn
  2. (obsolete) to summon to proceedings already in progress
  3. to attach (a debt)
4.
(slang) to extort money from
noun
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
Derived Forms
garnisher, noun
Word Origin
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 wellgarnished

garnish

v.

late 14c., from Old French garniss-, present participle stem of garnir "provide, furnish; fortify, reinforce," from a Germanic stem related to Proto-Germanic *warnejan "be cautious, guard, provide for" (cf. Old High German warnon "to take heed," Old English 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 Middle English. 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" (1570s). Related: Garnished; garnishing.

n.

late 14c., "set of tableware" (probably a dozen; usually pewter), from garnish (v.). Sense of "embellishments to food" is from 1670s.

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wellgarnished 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 wellgarnished

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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