Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Something that garnishes; an embellishment.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Something that garnishes; a decoration, adornment or embellishment

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. That which garnishes; ornamental appendage; embellishment; furniture; dress.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Anything that garnishes or furnishes, or serves for equipment or ornament; outfit; adornment.

Etymologies

French, from Old French, from garnir, to garnish; see garnish.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Job mentions this as an instance of the glorious power of God, that by the Spirit he hath garnished the heavens (Job xxvi. 13); and here we have an account of that garniture which is not only so much the beauty of the upper world, but so much the blessing of this lower; for though heaven is high, yet has it respect to this earth, and therefore should have respect from it.

    Commentary on the Whole Bible Volume I (Genesis to Deuteronomy)

  • The soft Persian carpet, on which one's feet sank to the very ankles; the brightly polished dogs, upon which a blazing wood fire burned; the well upholstered fauteuils which seemed to invite sleep without the trouble of lying down for it; and last of all, the ample and luxurious bed, upon whose rich purple hangings the ruddy glare of the fire threw a most mellow light, was all a pleasing exchange for the "garniture" of the

    The Confessions of Harry Lorrequer — Complete

  • A sumptuous garniture, we learn, was commissioned by Charles V to make his son Philip look more plausible as a candidate for emperor in 1550.

    Armor as Wearable Sculpture

  • Lo! all is ready and they are bringing at thy bidding from the spoils of Troy garniture to put upon the dead.

    The Trojan Women

  • The hapless bride will take, ay, take the golden crown that is to be her ruin; with her own hand will she lift and place upon her golden locks the garniture of death.

    Medea

  • Thou removest this obstacle too; I then will sail with thee and help stow the funeral garniture in the same ship.

    Helen

  • I was the lord of this place and I builded it and founded it and owned it; and I was the proud possessor of its full moons lucent and its circumstance resplendent and its damsels radiant and its garniture magnificent, but Time turned and did away from me wealth and servants and took from me what it had lent (not given); and brought upon me calamities which it held in store hidden.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • And aside from the lime-in-one's-Corona affectation, beer is also free from the garniture imperative.

    Consider the Trimmings

  • “The lubricity of women,” he observes, “is so great at Patan, the men are constrained to adopt certain garniture, in order to be safe against their amorous enterprises.”

    A Philosophical Dictionary

  • But he was not relieved by that; for, let him think what he would, the Chief Butler had him in his supercilious eye, even when that eye was on the plate and other table – garniture; and he never let him out of it.

    Little Dorrit

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  • Meanwhile, Presley had been taking in with a quick eye the details of Minna's silk dress, with its garniture of lace, its edging of velvet, its silver belt-buckle.

    - Frank Norris, The Octopus, bk 2, ch. 8

    August 29, 2008

  • A decoration, adornment or embellishment.

    July 8, 2008