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[mey-uh-neyz, mey-uh-neyz] /ˌmeɪ əˈneɪz, ˈmeɪ əˌneɪz/
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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Examples for mayonnaise
  • New coating should make it easier to get more ketchup or mayonnaise out of the containers.
  • Volunteers swab turtle mouths with gauze pads and also employ a secret weapon-mayonnaise.
  • It's not wise to make mayonnaise or ice cream with eggs at home anymore either.
  • Two competing entrepreneurs invent a spread that is a ready mixture of mustard and mayonnaise.
  • Unmold mousse and serve on curly kale, with lemon mayonnaise poured over the top.
  • Traditionally steamed artichokes are served with drawn butter or with a mayonnaise.
  • Add the garlic powder, celery salt and mayonnaise and toss to coat.
  • Avoid mayonnaise-based foods, and keep cold food cold and hot food hot.
  • Some restaurants add salsa golf, a combination of ketchup and mayonnaise.
  • Nibble on sweet pea risotto, polenta with truffle oil and sweet potato cakes with spicy harissa mayonnaise.
British Dictionary definitions for mayonnaise


a thick creamy sauce made from egg yolks, oil, and vinegar or lemon juice, eaten with salads, eggs, etc
Word Origin
C19: from French, perhaps from Mahonnais of Mahón, a port in Minorca
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Word Origin and History for mayonnaise
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.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Encyclopedia Article for mayonnaise

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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