• WordNet 3.6
    • n garnishment a court order to an employer to withhold all or part of an employee's wages and to send the money to the court or to the person who won a lawsuit against the employee
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Garnishment A fee. See Garnish n., 4.
    • Garnishment Ornament; embellishment; decoration.
    • Garnishment (Law) Warning to a person in whose hands the effects of another are attached, not to pay the money or deliver the goods to the defendant, but to appear in court and give information as garnishee.
    • Garnishment (Law) Warning, or legal notice, to one to appear and give information to the court on any matter.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n garnishment That which garnishes; ornament; embellishment.
    • n garnishment In law, warning; notice given in course of proceedings at law to a third person who should be brought in or have opportunity to come in as a party. More specifically— Legal notice to the agent or attorney of an absconding debtor for him to appear in court or give information.
    • n garnishment A fee. See garnish, n., 5.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Garnishment that which garnishes or embellishes: ornament: apparel: trimming
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. OF. garnissement, protection, guarantee, warning
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. garniss-, stem of garnir, to furnish, old form warnir, from a Teut. root seen in A.S. warnian, Ger. warnen, Eng. warn.


In literature:

To summarise many things in one short sentence, he was garnished with the ornament of all the virtues.
"The Latin & Irish Lives of Ciaran" by Anonymous
It is too subtle to be contained in these receivers, garnished with compliments, and fenced round with etiquette.
"Essays on Education and Kindred Subjects" by Herbert Spencer
It was not Arizona, emphatically not, but rather the sweet and garnished and lavendered respectability of a Connecticut village.
"The Killer" by Stewart Edward White
Brian MacMorrogh gave it, garnished with many oaths.
"Empire Builders" by Francis Lynde
The mizzen-top of the "Redoutable," garnished with sharpshooters, was about fifty feet above them.
"The Life of Nelson, Vol. II. (of 2)" by A. T. (Alfred Thayer) Mahan
It's like as if your partner said, 'Garnish yourself with forty-fours if you like, but don't get gay around me.
"The Sheriff's Son" by William MacLeod Raine
I was shewn, in this same well-garnished, but unostentatious collection, GOUJET'S own catalogue of his own library.
"A Bibliographical, Antiquarian and Picturesque Tour in France and Germany, Volume Two" by Thomas Frognall Dibdin
They manufacture clothes and wares, and we garnish ourselves with them.
"The Condition, Elevation, Emigration, and Destiny of the Colored People of the United States" by Martin R. Delany
So far as spirit goes and spiritual aspirations, it has left existence empty, swept and garnished.
"Is Life Worth Living?" by William Hurrell Mallock
Garnish with garlands and dead Turks.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 1, Complete" by Various

In poetry:

Health to the new people,
health to their flag, to their old
restored house on the hill!
Everything had been swept bare,
furnished, garnished and aired.
"The Old Flame" by Robert Lowell
Bird of the air and beast of the field,
All which the woods and the waters yield,
On dishes of birch and hemlock piled,
Garnished and graced that banquet wild.
"The Bridal of Pennacook" by John Greenleaf Whittier
"My lover's gone to win for me,
With tender pride and care,
Riches to garnish all our days;
But love thrives in simplicity
As well as in the prouder ways,
If noble thought is there!
"The Dreaming Wheel" by Rose Hawthorne Lathrop
Bring flowers—gay flowers, to garnish the tomb,
Where, enshrined, the poor feeble body shall rest;
Let violets and dahlias continue to bloom,—
Be careful to keep them well dress'd.
"Bring Flowers" by Benjamin Cutler Clark
The farmer rudely answered back
With compliments unvarnished,
And downward hurled the bric-a-brac
With which the wall was garnished,
In view of which demeanor strange,
The fox retreated out of range.
"The Ambitious Fox And The Unapproachable Grapes" by Guy Wetmore Carryl
"I have sinned, I own it with grief and shame,
But not with a lie on my lips I came.
In my blindness I verily thought my heart
Swept and garnished in every part.
He chargeth His angels with folly; He sees
The heavens unclean. Was I more than these?
"John Underhill" by John Greenleaf Whittier

In news:

Georgia Judge Garnished Allen Iverson's Bank Account.
Bill would force US lawmakers to disclose owed taxes, have wages garnished .
George, US agree on garnishment .
Former state Sen Gary George, the Milwaukee Democrat convicted of conspiracy to accept kickbacks, has come to an agreement with federal prosecutors on the garnishment of his state pension.
Judgments – Garnishment – Social Security Benefits.
A simple way to amp up the classic cocktail: Pair a top-notch gin with the right garnish, and use a splashier tonic.
Garnish with fresh mint and a sugar cane stick.
Chef Corey Lee garnishes eel wrapped in feuille de brick, one of 12 courses on Benu's tasting menu.
1/4 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest, plus extra for garnish.
Garnish with cucumber, mint and strawberry.
Sprigs of fresh dill or basil for garnish.
Owner Jacques Leonardi got his fried chicken recipe from the late, great Austin Leslie, who was famous for, among other things, garnishing fowl with minced garlic and dill-pickle rounds while it was still hot from the fryer.
About 8 fresh mint leaves plus one attractive sprig for garnishing.
12 to 15 fresh mint leaves, plus one sprig for garnish 1 ounce peach syrup, like Monin 2 1/2 ounces bourbon Superfine sugar.
Top off with more ice, add a mint sprig for garnish, and serve with a straw.