Definition of garnish in US English:

garnish

verb

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

    ‘salad garnished with an orange slice’
    • ‘A sunburst of bananas is garnished with marigolds.’
    • ‘Separate a few pretty florets for use in garnishing the soup dishes.’
    • ‘Dishes are often garnished with eggs, cooked into a thin omelette and then rolled, before being sliced into strips.’
    • ‘Top zesty dishes with a few tablespoons of minced fresh parsley or garnish dessert with a few sprigs of fresh mint.’
    • ‘My potatoes were garnished with garlic and dill.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Flowers and buds of mature shoots can garnish salads.’
    • ‘Thick bracelets of sweet-and-sour sautéed Spanish onion garnish the meat.’
    • ‘In England we would skip the paprika and garnish the sandwich with ‘mustard and cress’ which is impossible to buy in America.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Every dish was garnished with sweet roasted tomatoes.’
    • ‘The wealthy would garnish their cakes with meat, such as pork and beef.’
    • ‘Instead, garnish food with one tablespoon of chopped nuts per person.’
    • ‘For individual pizzas, place an olive in the center of each; or garnish the large pizza with 4 olives.’
    • ‘The dish was garnished with a pretty swirl of slim cucumber slices, which added to the wonderful contrast of textures and flavours.’
    • ‘English South Africans like to garnish their food with chutney (pickled relish).’
    • ‘If you think it might be a while before you start garnishing your food with seaweed or extra salt, supplements may be the answer.’
    • ‘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.’
    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 with a garnishment.

    • ‘As you read from my title I am being garnished.’
    • ‘He told me hes gotten this type of call before over the years regarding this situation and they never garnish him.’
    1. 2.1 Seize (money, especially part of a person's salary) to settle a debt or claim.
      ‘the IRS garnished his earnings’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’

noun

  • A decoration or embellishment for something, especially food.

    • ‘Sprigs of herbs make attractive garnishes for food platters (edible flower garnishes are perfect for dessert trays).’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘However, the pomegranate halves shown are a colorful, edible garnish.’
    • ‘Martini glasses with the red-sugared rims and lime wheel garnish.’
    • ‘There are so many fruit garnishes and embellishments accompanying the prosciutto that its effectiveness is diluted.’
    • ‘Peppermint can overwhelm more subtle flavors, but the leaves make a tasty garnish for desserts like chocolate mousse.’
    • ‘Add lightly cooked peas at the end and top with some fried crispy browned onions for a classic garnish.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Put some pizzazz in your Bloody Marys with a shrimp and scallion garnish.’
    • ‘The addition of even a small amount of fresh lime juice, ground cumin and a fresh cilantro garnish give it a West Indian flavor.’
    • ‘Common chives have onion-flavored leaves and edible purple flowers that make pretty garnishes in salads.’
    • ‘The rounded leaves also make an attractive garnish.’
    • ‘Different types of green herbs, including coriander, parsley, dill, and spring onions, are served during meals both as a garnish and as salad.’
    • ‘They were all beautifully arranged with garnish, very tasty, and complemented nicely by the wine.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Try these delicious Best Bites as a colorful garnish on salads or soups.’
    • ‘Trim and reserve the heads for garnish, chop up the lobster bodies and shells and set aside.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘I'm here for American Splendor,’ he said pleasantly, with the requisite ironic garnish.’
    • ‘Stuffed with a rice filling and baked, they make a handsome, delectable garnish around a holiday bird or roast.’
    • ‘More than a mere embellishment, the garnish should be considered an ingredient in the drink.’
    • ‘Nor could a bizarrely inappropriate garnish of pickled ginger - which seems to find its way onto too many plates here.’
    • ‘The bartender asked, and then for my preferred brand and garnish, while he placed a glass of water in front of me.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I didn't quite know what to expect of cinnamon oranges, but the garnish of fresh orange slices tasted pleasantly of cinnamon.’
    • ‘He has written to me telling me to use less garnish.’
    • ‘Ann had a jacket potato and baked beans with a salad garnish and coleslaw.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In a pinch, you can use the curly parsley, but otherwise, save it for garnish.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘On the second channel a celebrity chef added the finishing garnish to a savoury dish.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Sprinkle with nutmeg, cinnamon, or raisins for garnish.’
    • ‘Thus, the occasional dutiful songs in which a rapper urges men to take responsibility for their kids or laments senseless violence are mere garnish.’
    • ‘The garnish of roasted figs added a fitting flourish to a dish I'd choose if I ever find myself in Sands again.’
    • ‘Unwrap and remove the centers of the onions, cut in half and reserve for garnish.’
    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

/ˈɡärniSH//ˈɡɑrnɪʃ/