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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vinaigrette (ˌvɪneɪˈɡrɛt)
1.  Also called: vinegarette a small decorative bottle or box with a perforated top, used for holding smelling salts, etc
2.  Also called: vinaigrette sauce a salad dressing made from oil and vinegar with seasonings; French dressing
3.  served with vinaigrette
[C17: from French, from vinaigrevinegar]

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Word Origin & History

1698, a type of condiment, from Fr., dim. 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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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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Example sentences
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.
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