garnish

A garnish is a decoration or embellishment, often used with food. It is also the verb that means to do the decorating: you can garnish a baked fish with a garnish of lemon slices and parsley.

Long ago, in 14th-century France, the word garnir meant, in part, "to warn or defend," a meaning that survived in one of the meanings of garnish, "to seize wages to pay a debt." But word meanings often branch out, and "to warn" came to mean "to arm oneself," and later "to fit out or equip." It came to mean "to embellish" in Middle English, and, from the late 17th century on, the word was used commonly for the embellishment or decoration of food.

Primary Meanings of garnish

1.
vn
decorate (food), as with parsley or other ornamental foods
something (such as parsley) added to a dish for flavor or decoration
2.
v
take a debtor's wages on legal orders, such as for child support
Full Definitions of garnish
1

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

Synonyms:
dress, trim
dress, dress out
kill and prepare for market or consumption
dress
put a dressing on
Type of:
adorn, beautify, decorate, embellish, grace, ornament
make more attractive by adding ornament, colour, etc.

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

Types:
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topping
a flavorful addition on top of a dish
frosting, ice, icing
a flavored sugar topping used to coat and decorate cakes
glaze
any of various thin shiny (savory or sweet) coatings applied to foods
meringue
sweet topping especially for pies made of beaten egg whites and sugar
whipped cream
cream that has been beaten until light and fluffy
streusel
a crumbly topping for a pastry
Type of:
decoration, ornament, ornamentation
something used to beautify

n any decoration added as a trimming or adornment

Type of:
decoration, ornament, ornamentation
something used to beautify
2

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

“His employer garnished his wages in order to pay his debt”
Synonyms:
garnishee
Type of:
attach, confiscate, impound, seize, sequester
take temporary possession of as a security, by legal authority

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