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

  • n. Law A legal proceeding whereby money or property due a debtor but in the possession of another is applied to the payment of the debt owed to the plaintiff.
  • n. Law A court order directing a third party who holds money or property belonging to a defendant to withhold it and appear in court to answer inquiries.
  • n. Ornamentation; embellishment.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A judgment that a third party should pay money owing to a defendant directly to a plaintiff.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Ornament; embellishment; decoration.
  • n.
  • n. Warning, or legal notice, to one to appear and give information to the court on any matter.
  • n. 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.
  • n. A fee. See Garnish, n., 4.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. That which garnishes; ornament; embellishment.
  • n. 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.
  • n. A fee. See garnish, n., 5.

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

  • n. 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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