from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A dressing made of beaten raw egg yolk, oil, lemon juice or vinegar, and seasonings.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A dressing made from vegetable oil, raw egg yolks and seasoning, used on salads and in sandwiches.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A thick white sauce compounded of raw yolks of eggs beaten up with olive oil to the consistency near to that of a gel, and seasoned with vinegar, pepper, salt, etc.; -- used in dressing salads, fish, etc. Also, a dish dressed with this sauce.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In cookery, a sauce composed of yolks of eggs and salad-oil beaten together with vinegar or lemon-juice to the consistency of thick cream, and seasoned with salt, pepper, garlic, etc. It is an esteemed dressing for salads, cold fish, and some other dishes.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. egg yolks and oil and vinegar
French mahonnaise, mayonnaise, possibly from Mahón, Spanish city on Minorca captured by Louis François Armand de Vignerot du Plessis, Duc de Richelieu (1696-1788), in 1756 (the duke's chef is said to have introduced mayonnaise in honor of this victory).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Borrowing from French mayonnaise, named after the city Mahón whence the recipe was brought back to France. (Wiktionary)