Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Something that garnishes; an embellishment.

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Something that garnishes; a decoration, adornment or embellishment

Etymologies

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

[French, from Old French, from garnir, to garnish; see garnish.]

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

  • 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 — Volume 1

  • 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

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

    Helen

  • 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

  • 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

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

    Helen

  • 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

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  • A decoration, adornment or embellishment.

    July 8, 2008

  • 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