From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Garnish \Gar"nish\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Garnished; p. pr. &
   vb. n. Garnishing.] [OE. garnischen, garnissen, OF. garnir
   to provide, strengthen, prepare, garnish, warn, F. garnir to
   provide, furnish, garnish, -- of German origin; cf. OHG.
   warn[=o]n to provide, equip; akin to G. wahren to watch, E.
   aware, ware, wary, and cf. also E. warn. See Wary, -ish,
   and cf. Garment, Garrison.]
   1. To decorate with ornamental appendages; to set off; to
      adorn; to embellish.
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            All within with flowers was garnished. --Spenser.
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   2. (Cookery) To ornament, as a dish, with something laid
      about it; as, a dish garnished with parsley.
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   3. To furnish; to supply.
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   4. To fit with fetters. [Cant] --Johnson.
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   5. (Law) To warn by garnishment; to give notice to; to
      garnishee. See Garnishee, v. t. --Cowell.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Garnish \Gar"nish\, n.
   1. Something added for embellishment; decoration; ornament;
      also, dress; garments, especially such as are showy or
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            So are you, sweet,
            Even in the lovely garnish of a boy.  --Shak.
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            Matter and figure they produce;
            For garnish this, and that for use.   --Prior.
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   2. (Cookery) Something set round or upon a dish as an
      embellishment, such as parsley. See Garnish, v. t., 2.
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   3. Fetters. [Cant]
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   4. A fee; specifically, in English jails, formerly an
      unauthorized fee demanded by the old prisoners of a
      newcomer. [Cant] --Fielding.
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   Garnish bolt (Carp.), a bolt with a chamfered or faceted
      head. --Knight.
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