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[vin-uh-gret] /ˌvɪn əˈgrɛt/
Also, vinegarette. a small, ornamental bottle or box for holding aromatic vinegar, smelling salts, or the like.
(of a food, as asparagus or artichoke) served with a sauce made with vinegar or with vinaigrette sauce.
1690-1700; < French, equivalent to vinaigre vinegar + -ette -ette Unabridged
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Examples from the web for vinaigrette
  • Dress it with an herbed vinaigrette and it will hold up as well as bean salad.
  • The chunky fennel vinaigrette also goes well with tuna steaks or swordfish.
  • Green beans cooked in pork stock, beets in a vinaigrette sauce.
  • Dress with the vinaigrette and add parsley, salt and pepper to taste.
  • Its mustard-soy vinaigrette was snappy, but some of the seafood was rubbery.
  • Season the vegetables with salt and pepper and dress them with half the vinaigrette, and marinate for up to a half-hour.
  • Popular starters include a heady lobster bisque, leeks vinaigrette, and shrimp salad with basil.
  • Use a pastry brush and brush the chicken on all sides with the vinaigrette.
  • Drizzle balsamic vinaigrette down the sides of the bowl and toss until thoroughly mixed.
  • Arrange salad and spoon a little of the vinaigrette around the fish and salad.
British Dictionary definitions for vinaigrette


Also called vinegarette. a small decorative bottle or box with a perforated top, used for holding smelling salts, etc
Also called vinaigrette sauce. a salad dressing made from oil and vinegar with seasonings; French dressing
served with vinaigrette
Word Origin
C17: from French, from vinaigrevinegar
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Word Origin and History for vinaigrette

1690s, a type of condiment, from French vinaigrette, diminutive of vinaigre "(aromatic) vinegar" (see vinegar). Modern sense of a type of dressing for salads or cold vegetables is attested from 1877.

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Encyclopedia Article for vinaigrette

small metal perfume container usually made of gold or silver and containing a pierced metal tray beneath which was placed a piece of sponge soaked in an aromatic substance such as vinegar combined with lavender. Vinaigrettes were made as boxes and many more novel forms from the late 18th to the late 19th century. Most English examples were made in Birmingham

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