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GARNISH

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Originally appearing in Volume V11, Page 473 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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GARNISH, a word meaning to fit out, equip, furnish, now particularly used of decoration or ornament. It is formed from the O. Fr. garnisant or guarnissant, participle of garnir, guarnii , to furnish, equip. This is of Teutonic origin, the base being represented in O. Eng. warnian, to take warning, beware, and Ger. warnen, to warn, Eng. warn; the original sense would be to guard against, fortify, hence equip or fit out. The meaning of " warn " is seen in the law term " garnishee," a person who owes money to or holds money belonging to another and is " warned " by order of the court not to pay it to his immediate creditor but to a third" person who has obtained final judgment against that creditor. (See ATTACHMENT; EXECUTION; BANKRUPTCY.)
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