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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.
Origin of vinaigrette
1690-1700; < French, equivalent to vinaigre vinegar + -ette -ette Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Most likely this gentleman, by books or experience, had been enlightened as to the inefficacy of the vinaigrette.

    A Book about Doctors John Cordy Jeaffreson
  • Then I was able to look at it, and recognize it as my mother's vinaigrette.

    A Houseful of Girls Sarah Tytler
  • I always thought you'd have hysterics on your wedding-day, and got my vinaigrette all ready.

    Moods Louisa May Alcott
  • I was just stopping to give Mammy my vinaigrette, to take to church with her.

    Uncle Tom's Cabin Harriet Beecher Stowe
  • Pour over some vinaigrette sauce, and sprinkle with chopped gherkins.

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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