Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A small decorative bottle or container with a perforated top, used for holding an aromatic preparation such as smelling salts.
  • n. A cold sauce or dressing made of vinegar or lemon juice and oil, often flavored with finely chopped onions, herbs, and other seasonings.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A sauce, made of vinegar, oil, and other ingredients, used especially for cold meats, or as a salad dressing.
  • n. A small perforated box for holding aromatic vinegar contained in a sponge, or a smelling bottle for smelling salts; called also vinegarette.
  • n. A small, two-wheeled vehicle, like a Bath chair, to be drawn or pushed by a boy or man.
  • n. a sort of Russian salad, originally using the French salad dressing.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A sauce, made of vinegar, oil, and other ingredients, -- used esp. for cold meats.
  • n. A small perforated box for holding aromatic vinegar contained in a sponge, or a smelling bottle for smelling salts; -- called also vinegarette.
  • n. A small, two-wheeled vehicle, like a Bath chair, to be drawn or pushed by a boy or man.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A small bottle or box used for carrying about the person some drug having a strong and pungent odor, commonly aromatic vinegar.
  • n. A vinegar sauce.
  • n. A small two-wheeled vehicle to be drawn like a Bath Chair by a boy or a man.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. oil and vinegar with mustard and garlic

Etymologies

French, from Old French, diminutive of vinaigre, vinegar; see vinegar.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
French (Wiktionary)

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  • In the drawing room (not the kitchen or dining room), "The matrons, meantime, offered vinaigrettes and wielded fans; and again and again reiterated the expression of their concern that their warning had not been taken in time..." Jane Eyre, chapter 18

    October 28, 2009