Definition of garnish in English:
- 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).
- 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.
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- 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.
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’.
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