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Meaning of garnish

gar•nish

Pronunciation: (gär'nish), [key]
— v.t.
  1. to provide or supply with something ornamental; adorn; decorate.
  2. to provide (a food) with something that adds flavor, decorative color, etc.: to garnish boiled potatoes with chopped parsley.
    1. to attach (as money due or property belonging to a debtor) by garnishment; garnishee.
    2. to summon in, so as to take part in litigation already pending between others.
—n.
  1. something placed around or on a food or in a beverage to add flavor, decorative color, etc.
  2. adornment or decoration.
  3. a fee formerly demanded of a new convict or worker by the warden, boss, or fellow prisoners or workers.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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