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garnish (verb) decorate (a food item).
You garnish a food item when you decorate it with another food item just to make it look attractive. The icing on the cake is an example of garnishing. We decorate a dish of food with a small amount of another food when we garnish it. Sometimes we garnish dishes with a slice of tomato, pieces of cashew or of almond.
- Though the chef garnished the dish very attractively it was not at all tasty and I did not feel like having a second helping of it.
- Each of the dishes was garnished with a sprinkling of raisins and slices of tomato.