[mey-uh-neyz, mey-uh-neyz]
a thick dressing of egg yolks, vinegar or lemon juice, oil, and seasonings, used for salads, sandwiches, vegetable dishes, etc.

1835–45; < French, equivalent to mayon (perhaps variant of Mahón, town in Minorca) + -aise -ese Unabridged
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mayonnaise (ˌmeɪəˈneɪz)
a thick creamy sauce made from egg yolks, oil, and vinegar or lemon juice, eaten with salads, eggs, etc
[C19: from French, perhaps from Mahonnais of Mahón, a port in Minorca]

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Word Origin & History

1841, from Fr. mayonnaise (1807), said to have been named in allusion to Mahon, seaport capital of island of Minorca, captured by France 1756; the sauce introduced in commemoration of the victory. But the dates make this seem doubtful.
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cold sauce originating in French cuisine, an emulsion of raw egg yolks and vegetable oil. As the yolks are continuously beaten, oil is added little by little until a thick cream results. Plain mayonnaise is flavoured with lemon juice, mustard, or vinegar.

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