Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A dressing made of beaten raw egg yolk, oil, lemon juice or vinegar, and seasonings.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun 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 Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A dressing made from vegetable oil, raw egg yolks and seasoning, used on salads and in sandwiches.

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

  • noun egg yolks and oil and vinegar

Etymologies

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

[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).]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Borrowing from French mayonnaise, named after the city Mahón whence the recipe was brought back to France.

Examples

  • In this book she wrote that the term mayonnaise was derived from the French verb "manier," which means to handle, fee or ply; or possibly to stir or blend.

    Adirondack Daily Enterprise

  • However, it was the Waldorf Salad that remained immortal, and this simple yet exotic salad made of chopped celery, walnuts, and apples drenched in mayonnaise and displayed on a bed of lettuce was wildly popular, no doubt because of the ease with which ordinary housewives could recreate some of the glamor of the hotel in their own homes.

    The Waldorf-Astoria | Edwardian Promenade

  • This mayonnaise is made with olive oil and as a distinct olive oil flavor to it, noticeably stronger than other mayonnaises, which tend to be made with more neutral oils.

    Baking Bites » Print » Olive Oil Mayonnaise

  • This mayonnaise is made with olive oil and as a distinct olive oil flavor to it, noticeably stronger than other mayonnaises, which tend to be made with more neutral oils.

    Olive Oil Mayonnaise | Baking Bites

  • The sandwich (by itself an obscenity), slathered in unnaturally ultra-white mayonnaise, is floating in the air directly across from the disturbingly pale profile of a young, gape-mouthed woman who looks frightened to death of the manly meat.

    Global Voices in English » Singapore: Infamous Burger King ad

  • The flavor of mayonnaise is completely unnoticeable.

    IronCupcake_005: Chocolate Mayonnaise Cupcakes

  • Spicy mayonnaise is definitely delicious, and if you so desire you can definitely make this roll with it!

    Naked Spicy Tuna Roll

  • My least favourite thing about mayonnaise is trying to spell it, and my favourite is the Kewpie advertisements.

    Overstocked at home in Japan

  • Real mayonnaise is thicker and scoopable whereas Half the Fat is creamier.

    Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake

  • Real mayonnaise is thicker and scoopable whereas Half the Fat is creamier.

    Archive 2007-09-01

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