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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
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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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