Definitions for garnishˈgɑr nɪʃ

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  1. garnish(noun)

    something (such as parsley) added to a dish for flavor or decoration

  2. garnish(verb)

    any decoration added as a trimming or adornment

  3. garnishee, garnish(verb)

    take a debtor's wages on legal orders, such as for child support

    "His employer garnished his wages in order to pay his debt"

  4. trim, garnish, dress(verb)

    decorate (food), as with parsley or other ornamental foods

WiktionaryRate this definition:(0.00 / 0 votes)

  1. garnish(Noun)

    a set of dishes, often pewter, containing a dozen pieces of several types.

  2. garnish(Noun)

    pewter vessels in general.

  3. garnish(Verb)

    To decorate with ornamental appendages; to set off; to adorn; to embellish; as, all within with flowers was garnished.

  4. garnish(Verb)

    To ornament, as a dish, with something laid about it; as, a dish garnished with parsley.

  5. garnish(Verb)

    To furnish; to supply.

    By his spirit he hath garnished the heavens; his hand hath formed the crooked serpent. (Job 26:13, KJV)

  6. garnish(Verb)

    To fit with fetters.

  7. garnish(Verb)

    To warn by garnishment; to give notice to; to garnishee.

  8. Origin: From garnischen, from garnir, stem of certain forms of the verb garnir, guarnir, warnir, from a conflation of Old and , from warnijanan and warnōnan; both from wer-. Cognate with wiernan and warnian. More at warn.

Webster DictionaryRate this definition:(0.00 / 0 votes)

  1. Garnish(verb)

    to decorate with ornamental appendages; to set off; to adorn; to embellish

  2. Garnish(verb)

    to ornament, as a dish, with something laid about it; as, a dish garnished with parsley

  3. Garnish(verb)

    to furnish; to supply

  4. Garnish(verb)

    to fit with fetters

  5. Garnish(verb)

    to warn by garnishment; to give notice to; to garnishee. See Garnishee, v. t

  6. Garnish(noun)

    something added for embellishment; decoration; ornament; also, dress; garments, especially such as are showy or decorated

  7. Garnish(noun)

    something set round or upon a dish as an embellishment. See Garnish, v. t., 2

  8. Garnish(verb)


  9. Garnish(verb)

    a fee; specifically, in English jails, formerly an unauthorized fee demanded by the old prisoners of a newcomer

  10. Origin: [OE. garnischen, garnissen, OF. garnir to provide, strengthen, prepare, garnish, warn, F. garnir to provide, furnish, garnish, -- of German origin; cf. OHG. warnn to provide, equip; akin to G. wahren to watch, E. aware, ware, wary, and cf. also E. warn. See Wary, -ish, and cf. Garment, Garrison.]

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  1. Garnish

    A garnish is an item or substance used as a decoration or embellishment accompanying a prepared food dish or drink. In many cases, it may give added or contrasting flavor. Some garnishes are selected mainly to augment the visual impact of the plate, while others are selected specifically for the flavor they may impart. This is in contrast to a condiment which is primarily a prepared sauce product of a specific flavor added to another food item. A food item which is served with garnish may be described as being garni, the French term for 'garnished.' Many garnishes are not intended to be eaten, though for some it is fine to do so. Parsley is an example of a traditional garnish; this pungent green herb has small distinctly shaped leaves, firm stems, and is easy to trim into a garnish. A garnish makes food or drink items more visually appealing. They may, for example, enhance their color, such as when paprika is sprinkled on a salmon salad. They may give a color contrast, for example when chives are sprinkled on potatoes. They may make a cocktail more visually appealing, such as when a cocktail umbrella is added to an exotic drink, or when a Mai Tai is topped with any number of tropical fruit pieces. Sushi may be garnished with baran, a type of plastic grass or leaf. Sometimes a garnish and a condiment will be used together to finish the presentation of a dish; for example, an entrée could be topped with a sauce, as the condiment, along with a sprig of parsley as a garnish.

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