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garnish

Syllabification: gar·nish
Pronunciation: /ˈɡärniSH
 
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Definition of garnish in English:

verb

[with object]
1Decorate or embellish (something, especially food): salad garnished with an orange slice
More example sentences
  • 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
enhance, grace, beautify, prettify, add the finishing touch to
2 Law Serve with a garnishment.
Example sentences
  • 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
More example sentences
  • 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.
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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  • Nowadays you might garnish a plate of food with a sprig of parsley which seems a far cry from what the word meant in the Middle Ages, ‘to equip or arm yourself’. Over time the sequence of meanings evolved like this: ‘to equip or arm yourself’, ‘to fit out with something’, ‘to decorate or embellish’, and finally ‘to decorate a dish of food for the table’. The source is Old French garnir (also the root of garment (Middle English)), which meant both ‘to fortify or defend’, and ‘to provide, equip, or prepare’.

Words that rhyme with garnish

tarnish, varnish

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