garnishment(redirected from Garnish (debt))
Also found in: Thesaurus, Legal, Financial, Encyclopedia.
a. A legal proceeding in which a plaintiff seeks the satisfaction of a debt by obtaining a judgment that directs a third party in possession of the property of the defendant to make it available to satisfy the judgment.
b. A court order directing a third party to make such property available.
2. A decoration or ornamentation: "[The house's] rooms ... were gorged with furniture and with garnishments" (Jean Stafford).
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
1. the act of garnishing
2. decoration or embellishment; garnish
3. (Law) law
a. a notice or warning
b. obsolete a summons to court proceedings already in progress
c. 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
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
gar•nish•ment(ˈgɑr nɪʃ mənt)
a. a warning served on a third party to hold wages, property, etc., belonging to a debtor.
b. a summons to such a party to appear in court and give testimony in litigation between the debtor and a creditor.
Random House Kernerman Webster's College Dictionary, © 2010 K Dictionaries Ltd. Copyright 2005, 1997, 1991 by Random House, Inc. All rights reserved.
Switch to new thesaurus
|Noun||1.||garnishment - a court order to an employer to withhold all or part of an employee's wages and to send the money to the court or to the person who won a lawsuit against the employee|
court order - a writ issued by a court of law requiring a person to do something or to refrain from doing something
Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.
The American Heritage® Roget's Thesaurus. Copyright © 2013, 2014 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.