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garnish (ˈɡɑːnɪʃ


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, or 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


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