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garnish (ˈɡɑːnɪʃ Pronunciation for garnish


verb (transitive)

  1. to decorate; trim
  2. to add something to (food) in order to improve its appearance or flavour
  3. (law)
    1. to serve with notice of proceedings; warn
    2. (obsolete) to summon to proceedings already in progress
    3. to attach (a debt)
  4. (slang) to extort money from


  1. a decoration; trimming
  2. something, such as parsley, added to a dish for its flavour or decorative effect
  3. (obsolete, slang) a payment illegally extorted, as from a prisoner by his jailer

Derived Forms

ˈgarnisher, ˈgarnishor noun

Word Origin

C14: from Old French garnir to adorn, equip, of Germanic origin; compare Old High German warnōn to pay heed

Translations for 'garnish'

  • British English: garnish A garnish is a small amount of salad, herbs, or other food that is used to decorate cooked or prepared food. NOUN...a garnish of chopped raw onion, tomato and fresh coriander.
  • Brazilian Portuguese: guarnição
  • Chinese: 装饰菜装裝饰飾菜
  • European Spanish: guarnición
  • French: décoration
  • German: Garnierung
  • Italian: guarnizione
  • Japanese: 付け合せ
  • Korean: 고명
  • Portuguese: guarnição
  • Spanish: guarnición
  • British English: garnish If you garnish cooked or prepared food, you decorate it with a garnish. VERBShe had finished the vegetables and was garnishing the roast.
  • Brazilian Portuguese: adornar
  • Chinese: 装饰装<TRAD>裝</TRAD>饰<TRAD>飾</TRAD>裝饰飾菜
  • European Spanish: aderezar
  • French: garnir
  • German: garnieren
  • Italian: guarnire
  • Japanese: 飾る
  • Korean: 고명을 얹다
  • Portuguese: adornar
  • Spanish: aderezar

Example Sentences Including 'garnish'

8 parts premium vodka 1 part melon liquor melon wedge for garnish Shake vodka over ice with liquor.
Globe and Mail (2003)
Combine the ingredients on a bed of lettuce and garnish with the walnuts.
Misc (1999)
Ladle more sauce over the floating island and serve with fresh raspberries as garnish.
Conil, Jean & Conil, Christopher (ed) A Passion for Food
Pour sauce over the arranged game, surround with sautéed vegetables and garnish with parsley or coriander.
Country Life (2004)
To serve, divide the beans between three small bowls and garnish with coriander.
Times, Sunday Times (2005)
You can also use the slices of carrot from the stock to garnish your fish balls.
Glasgow Herald (2001)


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