What does garnish mean?

Definitions for garnishˈgɑr nɪʃ

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word garnish.

Princeton's WordNet

  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


  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 Dictionary

  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.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Garnish

    gär′nish, v.t. to adorn: to furnish: to surround with ornaments, as a dish.—n. entrance-money: something placed round a principal dish at table, whether for embellishment or relish: a gift of money, esp. that formerly paid by a prisoner to his fellow-prisoners on his first admission.—ns. Gar′nishee, a person warned not to pay money owed to another, because the latter is indebted to the garnisher who gives the warning (v.t. to attach a debtor's money in this way); Garnishee′ment; Gar′nisher, one who garnishes; Gar′nishing, Gar′nishment, Gar′niture, that which garnishes or embellishes: ornament: apparel: trimming; Gar′nishry, adornment. [O. Fr. garniss-, stem of garnir, to furnish, old form warnir, from a Teut. root seen in A.S. warnian, Ger. warnen, Eng. warn.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of garnish in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of garnish in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Marc Forgione:

    We were definitely the only Westerners at Fu Kee -- it was not a tourist place by any means, the little garnish that they give you, it's almost like a scallion and ginger salad.

  2. William Shakespeare:

    Free from gross passion or of mirth or anger constant in spirit, not swerving with the blood, garnish'd and deck'd in modest compliment, not working with the eye without the ear, and but in purged judgement trusting neither Such and so finely bolted didst thou seem.

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