Definition of garnish in English:

garnish

verb

[with object]
  • 1Decorate or embellish (something, especially food)

    ‘garnish each serving with a dollop of sour cream’
    • ‘My potatoes were garnished with garlic and dill.’
    • ‘In England we would skip the paprika and garnish the sandwich with ‘mustard and cress’ which is impossible to buy in America.’
    • ‘English South Africans like to garnish their food with chutney (pickled relish).’
    • ‘A sunburst of bananas is garnished with marigolds.’
    • ‘If you think it might be a while before you start garnishing your food with seaweed or extra salt, supplements may be the answer.’
    • ‘Don't forget to garnish dishes with edible flowers for an unusual and colourful touch.’
    • ‘Both sandwiches were delicately garnished with tomato, cucumber, onion and leaves and at £1.50 were excellent value.’
    • ‘Top zesty dishes with a few tablespoons of minced fresh parsley or garnish dessert with a few sprigs of fresh mint.’
    • ‘Separate a few pretty florets for use in garnishing the soup dishes.’
    • ‘For individual pizzas, place an olive in the center of each; or garnish the large pizza with 4 olives.’
    • ‘In the pastry kitchen, I carefully brushed at least a thousand leaves and flower petals with egg white and rolled them in sugar to garnish various dessert plates.’
    • ‘Flowers and buds of mature shoots can garnish salads.’
    • ‘The wealthy would garnish their cakes with meat, such as pork and beef.’
    • ‘Even younger are garlic shoots, which can be used similarly to chives or spring onions for garnishing salads or adding to stir-fries.’
    • ‘During the winter months the tradition is to garnish the dish with mint leaves and in the summer time with green coriander leaves.’
    • ‘The dish was garnished with a pretty swirl of slim cucumber slices, which added to the wonderful contrast of textures and flavours.’
    • ‘Every dish was garnished with sweet roasted tomatoes.’
    • ‘Dishes are often garnished with eggs, cooked into a thin omelette and then rolled, before being sliced into strips.’
    • ‘Thick bracelets of sweet-and-sour sautéed Spanish onion garnish the meat.’
    • ‘Instead, garnish food with one tablespoon of chopped nuts per person.’
    decorate, adorn, trim, dress, ornament, embellish, enhance, grace, beautify, prettify, brighten up, set off, add the finishing touch to
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  • 2Law
    Serve notice on (a third party) for the purpose of legally seizing money belonging to a debtor or defendant.

    • ‘He told me hes gotten this type of call before over the years regarding this situation and they never garnish him.’
    • ‘As you read from my title I am being garnished.’
    1. 2.1 Seize (money, especially part of a person's salary) to settle a debt or claim.
      ‘the IRS garnished his earnings’
      • ‘It may also be true, as he submitted, that there is no reported case where this discretion has been exercised so as to garnish a debt which is only recoverable outside the jurisdiction.’
      • ‘The court garnishes his wages to force him to pay.’
      • ‘McDermott had been upset about an Internal Revenue Service request to garnish his wages for back taxes.’
      • ‘Alas, when his connection retired, replaced by an ANC hardliner, she got the sack, and the government garnished his salary to pay back the treasury.’
      • ‘Up to 1956 there were doubts as to whether deposits for fixed periods and deposits repayable at a minimum notice could, thus, be garnished.’

noun

  • A small amount of food used to decorate other food.

    ‘reserve a few watercress leaves for a garnish’
    mass noun ‘some flowers are edible and make attractive salad garnish’
    • ‘If you have the willpower not to eat the gribnes all at once, you can store it in a jar, and use it as a garnish for soups, potatoes, or any other food that might benefit from savoury crispness.’
    • ‘Trim and reserve the heads for garnish, chop up the lobster bodies and shells and set aside.’
    • ‘‘I'm here for American Splendor,’ he said pleasantly, with the requisite ironic garnish.’
    • ‘The garnish is a banana leaf holding an anise-flavored blend of tomatillo-seeded sauce.’
    • ‘The Bloody Mary has been called a meal in a glass, and like few other mixed drinks, its main ingredients - tomato juice, one or more vegetable garnishes - are foods, which rarely mix with other concoctions.’
    • ‘Martini glasses with the red-sugared rims and lime wheel garnish.’
    • ‘Put some pizzazz in your Bloody Marys with a shrimp and scallion garnish.’
    • ‘Unwrap and remove the centers of the onions, cut in half and reserve for garnish.’
    • ‘The rounded leaves also make an attractive garnish.’
    • ‘Try these delicious Best Bites as a colorful garnish on salads or soups.’
    • ‘The two recipes I selected were Honey Saffron Ice Cream and Honey Spice Cake, with a honey-citrus drizzle of my own creation, and mint garnish.’
    • ‘The garnish of roasted figs added a fitting flourish to a dish I'd choose if I ever find myself in Sands again.’
    • ‘However, the pomegranate halves shown are a colorful, edible garnish.’
    • ‘In a pinch, you can use the curly parsley, but otherwise, save it for garnish.’
    • ‘Servers give patrons a 16-oz. glass filled with ice, a shot of vodka and a celery stick garnish which they then take to the Bloody Mary bar to embellish.’
    • ‘They are used mainly in the cooking of C. and N. Europe, and are at their best in mild, creamy sauces and egg dishes, or as a garnish for soups and salads.’
    • ‘They were all beautifully arranged with garnish, very tasty, and complemented nicely by the wine.’
    • ‘I didn't quite know what to expect of cinnamon oranges, but the garnish of fresh orange slices tasted pleasantly of cinnamon.’
    • ‘You can go to a restaurant and pay top dollar, but all you will get is top-dollar street food: tacos with garnishes; quesadillas adorned with sprigs of parsley.’
    • ‘Ann had a jacket potato and baked beans with a salad garnish and coleslaw.’
    • ‘However, if you enjoy the taste of herbs as a garnish to your food, why not enjoy their refreshing and health-giving properties in refreshing summer drinks.’
    • ‘Common chives have onion-flavored leaves and edible purple flowers that make pretty garnishes in salads.’
    • ‘The first series were full of elaborate, post-nouvelle cuisine dishes - black hexagonal plates, kiwi fruit garnishes, elaborate vegetable combinations, home-made biscuits and endless other little fiddly bits.’
    • ‘Different types of green herbs, including coriander, parsley, dill, and spring onions, are served during meals both as a garnish and as salad.’
    • ‘Add lightly cooked peas at the end and top with some fried crispy browned onions for a classic garnish.’
    • ‘Stuffed with a rice filling and baked, they make a handsome, delectable garnish around a holiday bird or roast.’
    • ‘Sprinkle with nutmeg, cinnamon, or raisins for garnish.’
    • ‘Peppermint can overwhelm more subtle flavors, but the leaves make a tasty garnish for desserts like chocolate mousse.’
    • ‘On the second channel a celebrity chef added the finishing garnish to a savoury dish.’
    • ‘Sprigs of herbs make attractive garnishes for food platters (edible flower garnishes are perfect for dessert trays).’
    • ‘More than a mere embellishment, the garnish should be considered an ingredient in the drink.’
    • ‘Peel the onion for the garnish and cut into paper-thin slices, separate the rings and set in a small bowl of iced water, cover and refrigerate.’
    • ‘The addition of even a small amount of fresh lime juice, ground cumin and a fresh cilantro garnish give it a West Indian flavor.’
    • ‘She also liked that the tomatoes were skinned; although I cynically said it was because of the romantic decorative rose shaped tomato skin presented to us as a garnish on our main courses.’
    • ‘The bartender asked, and then for my preferred brand and garnish, while he placed a glass of water in front of me.’
    • ‘Thus, the occasional dutiful songs in which a rapper urges men to take responsibility for their kids or laments senseless violence are mere garnish.’
    • ‘There are so many fruit garnishes and embellishments accompanying the prosciutto that its effectiveness is diluted.’
    • ‘He has written to me telling me to use less garnish.’
    • ‘First, he cuts off the top of the cone, usually featuring a hard-boiled egg and some chilies in a type of garnish, and places it on a serving plate.’
    • ‘Nor could a bizarrely inappropriate garnish of pickled ginger - which seems to find its way onto too many plates here.’
    decoration, adornment, trim, trimming, ornament, ornamentation, embellishment, enhancement, beautification, finishing touch
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Origin

Middle English (in the sense ‘equip, arm’): from Old French garnir, probably of Germanic origin and related to warn. garnish (sense 1 of the verb) dates from the late 17th century.

Pronunciation

garnish

/ˈɡɑːnɪʃ/