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Garnis, Garnes, v. Also: garnys, -neis, -nische, -nish. [ME. p.t. and p.p. garnyst, garnest, inf. garnesche (a 1400), -nisshe, OF. garniss-, garnir.]

1. tr. To furnish (a place or person) with means of defence or attack. 1456 Hay II. 46/11.
In sik keping he suld be garnyst in his armouris and his wapnis, that he mycht do scathe and tak nane
c1475 Wall. viii. 743.
For gret defens thai garnest thaim within
1531 Bell. Boece I. 87.
The said Romanis held all the strenthis of his cuntre garnist with sodjouris
Id. Livy I. 77/27.
The Latynis began to garnis the samyn [town] with new municioun
1533 Boece xv. viii. 588 b.
Barkis and carwellis weill garnist for weire
a1578 Pitsc. I. 83/15.
Lochmabine was garnischit with men of weir
Ib. 122/16.
He … came in Annerdaill quhilk was garnest with the kingis men of weir

2. To furnish with some addition; to ornament or embellish.(a) 1495 Acta Conc. 410/2.
Ane grene cuschyng garnyst with siluer
1513 Doug. ix. xii. 107.
Expert … with vennom to garnys the steil hedis
1542 Inv. Wardrobe 80.
Ane goun of blak taffatie, … garnist with xviii closserris
1579 Reg. Privy C. III. 319.
Ane battirt … hir axtre and quhelis garnysit with foure virols of irn
1596 Dalr. I. 204/35.
He dedicated a fair kirke, weil garnissed
(b) 1540 Treas. Acc. VII. 403.
To garneis ane bair tuith to my lord prince
a1500 Henr. III. 102/7 (B).
Off he honour suld be hir hud, … Garneist with gouernance so gud
1581 Cath. Tr. 170/16.
To garneis thair vnsauorie mules that beiris thair croces
(c) 1575 Edinb. Test. III. 363.
Ane cais of cames of evirbane garnesit with gold
1579 Reg. Privy C. III. 320.
The stok garnesit with … bandis of irne
1586 Edinb. Test. XVI. 246 b.
Ane quhissill of ane bair tuith garnesit with siluer
1618 M. Works Acc. XV. ii. 22 b.
For garnesing a pair of cart quheillis

3. To invest with some good quality. 1533 Boece i. iv. 40.
This nacioun … be lawis and honest ritis garnist the pepill
1562-3 Winȝet I. 4/24.
Ȝour godly leving garnisit with chastitie
a1578 Pitsc. I. 147/18.
To garnische and teiche the ȝouth with eloquent langage

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