V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary


noun, verb

Definition: (n.) 1. a decoration; (v.) 1. to decorate or add something to food to enhance its appearance or taste; 2. to take a debtor's wages on legal orders

Synonyms: (n.) decoration, adornment, embellishment, enhancer, ornament, (v.) decorate, enhance, adorn, beautify


Tips: You will often hear the word garnish in the context of a food decoration. Chefs will often use a garnish (decoration) to enhance the presentation of their food. Garnish is also a legal term that refers to withholding a percentage of a debtors paycheck in order to pay off a debt. This is also known as "to garnishee," but garnish is used more often. For example, if a father was not paying owed child support, a court could garnish his wages, which means a percentage of his paycheck would be withheld and used to pay his child support commitment. This definition for garnish is related to the verb garner.

Usage Examples:

Food served at diners often comes with a garnish of parsley. (decoration) noun

She likes to garnish her food with edible flowers. (decorate, adorn) verb

The cheesecake was garnished with a strawberry sauce and chocolate shavings. (decorated, embellished) verb

The court garnished his wages to force him to pay alimony and child support. (withheld) verb

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