Pronunciation: (gär'nish), [key]
1. to provide or supply with something ornamental; adorn; decorate.
2. to provide (a food) with something that adds flavor, decorative color, etc.: to garnish boiled potatoes with chopped parsley.
3. Law.
a. to attach (as money due or property belonging to a debtor) by garnishment; garnishee.
b. to summon in, so as to take part in litigation already pending between others.

1. something placed around or on a food or in a beverage to add flavor, decorative color, etc.
2. adornment or decoration.
3. Chiefly Brit.a fee formerly demanded of a new convict or worker by the warden, boss, or fellow prisoners or workers.

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