What is the difference between Garnish and Dressing?

The difference between garnish and dressing

is that "garnish" is to decorate with ornaments; to adorn; to embellish and "dressing" is material applied to a wound for protection or therapy.




  • To decorate with ornaments; to adorn; to embellish.
  • (cooking) To ornament with something placed around it.
  • (archaic) To furnish; to supply.
  • (law) To warn by garnishment; to give notice to.
  • (law) To have (money) set aside by court order (particularly for the payment of alleged debts); to garnishee.

Related terms

  • garrison
  • garment


  • And all within with flowres was garnished,
  • […] as that admirable writer has the best and worst verses of any among our English poets, Ned Softly has got all the bad ones without book, which he repeats upon occasion, to shew his reading, and garnish his conversation.
  • […] the whip […] was garnished with a massive horse’s head of plated metal.
  • a dish garnished with parsley
  • By his spirit he hath garnished the heavens; his hand hath formed the crooked serpent.
  • […] the good-humoured, affectionate-hearted Godfrey Cass was fast becoming a bitter man, visited by cruel wishes, that seemed to enter, and depart, and enter again, like demons who had found in him a ready-garnished home.
  • When the editorial board of Fire met again, we did not plan a new issue, but emptied our pockets to help poor Thurman whose wages were being garnished weekly because he had signed for the printer’s bills.


  • A set of dishes, often pewter, containing a dozen pieces of several types.
  • Pewter vessels in general.
  • Something added for embellishment.
  • Clothes; garments, especially when showy or decorative.
  • (cooking) Something set round or upon a dish as an embellishment.


  • The accounts of collegiate and monastic institutions give abundant entries of the price of pewter vessels, called also garnish.
  • Synonyms: decoration, ornament
  • First Poets, all the World agrees,
  • Write half to profit, half to please
  • Matter and figure They produce;
  • For Garnish This, and That for Use;
  • This hard-headed old Overreach approved of the sentimental song, as the suitable garnish for girls, and also as fundamentally fine, sentiment being the right thing for a song.
  • There had been a semblance of chivalry in the attitude from which, at the beginning of their marriage, he had briefly regarded her; but forty-seven years had efficiently disposed of that garnish of politeness.
  • So are you, sweet,
  • Even in the lovely garnish of a boy.
  • Garnish money, what is customarily spent among the Prisoners at first coming in.
  • This person then […] acquainted him that it was the custom of the place for every prisoner, upon his first arrival there, to give something to the former prisoners to make them drink. This, he said, was what they called garnish; and concluded with advising his new customer to draw his purse upon the present occasion.


  • (medicine) Material applied to a wound for protection or therapy.
  • A sauce, especially a cold one for salads.
  • Something added to the soil as a fertilizer etc.
  • The activity of getting dressed.
  • (obsolete) Dress; raiment; especially, ornamental habiliment or attire.
  • The stuffing of fowls, pigs, etc.; forcemeat.
  • Gum, starch, etc., used in stiffening or finishing silk, linen, and other fabrics.
  • An ornamental finish, such as a moulding around doors, windows, or on a ceiling.
  • (dated) Castigation; scolding; dressing down.
  • (dated) the process of extracting metals or other valuable components from minerals


  • She removed Stranleigh’s coat with a dexterity that aroused his imagination. The elder woman returned with dressings and a sponge, which she placed on a chair.
  • Considered thus, the performance is a translation into images of bodies on display, as is well demonstrated by Monsieur Jourdain’s repeated dressings and undressings.