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mayonnaise

[mey-uh-neyz, mey-uh-neyz] /ˌmeɪ əˈneɪz, ˈmeɪ əˌneɪz/
noun
1.
a thick dressing of egg yolks, vinegar or lemon juice, oil, and seasonings, used for salads, sandwiches, vegetable dishes, etc.
Origin of mayonnaise
1835-1845
1835-45; < French, equivalent to mayon (perhaps variant of Mahón, town in Minorca) + -aise -ese
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mayonnaise

/ˌmeɪəˈneɪz/
noun
1.
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
n.

sauce made from egg yolks, oil, and vinegar, 1815, from French sauce mayonnaise (1806), said by French sources to be corrupted from mahonnaise and to have been named in recognition of Mahon, seaport capital of island of Minorca, captured by France 1756 after the defeat of the British defending fleet in the Seven Years' War; the sauce having been introduced either in commemoration of the victory, which was led by Armand de Vignerot du Plessis, duc de Richelieu (1696–1788), or because it was brought to France from there by him. But unless there is a gap in the record, the late date of appearance of the word make this seem doubtful.

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