Definition of garnish in English:

garnish

Syllabification: gar·nish
Pronunciation: /ˈgärniSH
 
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verb

[with object]
1Decorate or embellish (something, especially food): salad garnished with an orange slice
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  • Instead, garnish food with one tablespoon of chopped nuts per person.
  • Thick bracelets of sweet-and-sour sautéed Spanish onion garnish the meat.
  • English South Africans like to garnish their food with chutney (pickled relish).
Synonyms
decorate, adorn, ornament, trim, dress, embellish; enhance, grace, beautify, prettify, add the finishing touch to
2 Law Serve with a garnishment.
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  • As you read from my title I am being garnished.
2.1Seize (money, especially part of a person’s salary) to settle a debt or claim: the IRS garnished his earnings
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  • It may also be true, as he submitted, that there is no reported case where this discretion has been exercised so as to garnish a debt which is only recoverable outside the jurisdiction.
  • McDermott had been upset about an Internal Revenue Service request to garnish his wages for back taxes.
  • Alas, when his connection retired, replaced by an ANC hardliner, she got the sack, and the government garnished his salary to pay back the treasury.

noun

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A decoration or embellishment for something, especially food.
More example sentences
  • More than a mere embellishment, the garnish should be considered an ingredient in the drink.
  • ‘I'm here for American Splendor,’ he said pleasantly, with the requisite ironic garnish.
  • Thus, the occasional dutiful songs in which a rapper urges men to take responsibility for their kids or laments senseless violence are mere garnish.
Synonyms

Origin

Middle English (in the sense 'equip, arm'): from Old French garnir, probably of Germanic origin and related to warn. sense 1 of the verb dates from the late 17th century.

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