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

  • n. A third party who has been notified that money or property in his or her hands but belonging to a defendant has been seized by legal writ.
  • transitive v. To seize by garnishment: garnishee a debtor's wages.
  • transitive v. To serve with a garnishment: garnishee an employer.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. the person whose money is garnished
  • v. the act of attaching the property sought to be secured.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who is garnished; a person upon whom garnishment has been served in a suit by a creditor against a debtor, such person holding property belonging to the debtor, or owing him money.
  • transitive v. To make (a person) a garnishee; to warn by garnishment; to garnish.
  • transitive v. To attach (the fund or property sought to be secured by garnishment); to trustee.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In law, a person warned, at the suit of a creditor plaintiff, not to pay money which he owes to, or deliver over property which belongs to, the defendant, because he is indebted to the plaintiff.
  • In law, to stop in the hands of a third person, by legal process (money due or property belonging to the plaintiff's debtor), in order to require it to be paid over to plaintiff in satisfaction of his demand: as, to garnishee the wages of a debtor, or his bank account.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a wage earner who is served with a garnishment
  • v. take a debtor's wages on legal orders, such as for child support


A derivative word from garnish: from Germanic warnjan to guard: through Old French garnir: to Middle English (Wiktionary)



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