tr.v. gar·nished, gar·nish·ing, gar·nish·es
a. To enhance in appearance by adding decorative touches; embellish: a coat that was garnished with a fur collar.
b. To decorate (prepared food or drink) with small colorful or savory items: garnished the potatoes with parsley.
a. To seize (property such as wages) by garnishment.
b. To serve (someone) with papers announcing the garnishment of that person's property in order to satisfy a debt.
An ornamentation or embellishment, especially one added to a prepared food or drink for decoration or added flavor.
[Middle English garnishen, from Old French garnir, garniss-, of Germanic origin; see wer-4 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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