1. Law.
    1. a warning, served on a third party to hold, subject to the court’s direction, money or property belonging to a debtor who is being sued by a creditor.
    2. a summons to a third party to appear in litigation pending between a creditor and debtor.
  2. adornment or decoration.


  1. the act of garnishing
  2. decoration or embellishment; garnish
  3. law
    1. a notice or warning
    2. obsoletea summons to court proceedings already in progress
    3. a notice warning a person holding money or property belonging to a debtor whose debt has been attached to hold such property until directed by the court to apply it

1520s, from garnish + -ment.

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