Definition of garnishee in US English:


nounPlural garnishees

  • A third party who is served notice by a court to surrender money in settlement of a debt or claim.

    as modifier ‘a garnishee order’
    • ‘The festival's program manager said Tuesday that the situation was currently under negotiation, but was hopeful that the garnishee would not affect the smooth operation of the rest of this year's festival.’
    • ‘The housing bureau has taken 600 tenants to the Quebec rental board for rent arrears and, in many cases, is now using garnishees to recover unpaid rent from income assistance and wages.’
    • ‘To suggest that a Writ of Delivery might issue before an action has been commenced and an order obtained is tantamount to suggesting that one may collect a debt owing simply by initiating a Notice of Motion and requesting a garnishee.’
    • ‘His order required the judgment creditor and judgment debtor to give notice to the garnishee of any further relief sought, and specified that such relief should be sought by way of motion.’
    • ‘The Winters made no protest, and the court ordered the company's profits garnished, upon which the creditors then sued the garnishee for even more money.’

verbgarnisheeing, garnisheed, garnishees

  • another term for garnish (sense 2 of the verb)
    • ‘After the court settlement, my wages are now being garnisheed through 2007, and I still didn't get to test-drive the car.’
    • ‘Child support by the fathers would be mandated by the courts, and if they refused, their wages would be garnisheed or their assets could be seized to pay child support.’
    • ‘Starting in August 2001, any extra monies received from the federal government are being garnisheed by the Alberta government if you receive Supports for Independence.’
    • ‘A person who has defaulted on child support would lose their passport and have their wages garnisheed.’
    • ‘In Chapter 13, debtors pay off their debt under a stringent schedule, and typically their wages are garnisheed well into the future.’