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.
to attach (as money due or property belonging to a debtor) by garnishment; garnishee.
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

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.
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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 & History

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.
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Bible Dictionary

Garnish definition

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.

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