bearnaise sauce


[ber-neyz, bey-er-; French bey-ar-nez]
(sometimes lowercase) a sauce of egg yolks, shallots, tarragon, butter, vinegar, and sometimes white wine and chopped chervil.
Also called Béarnaise sauce.

< French, equivalent to Béarn district in SW France + -aise, feminine of -ais -ese Unabridged
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Béarnaise (ˌbeɪəˈneɪz)
a rich sauce made from egg yolks, lemon juice or wine vinegar, butter, shallots, herbs, and seasoning
[C19: French, from Béarn in SW France]

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Word Origin & History

"egg-and-butter sauce," 1877, from Fr. sauce béarnaise, from fem. of béarnais "of Béarn," region in southwest France (named for the Benarni, a Gaulish tribe).
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