Mayonnaise Definition

māə-nāz, māə-nāz
A creamy salad dressing or sauce made by beating together egg yolks, olive oil or other vegetable oil, lemon juice or vinegar, and seasoning.
Webster's New World
A dish of meat or fish made with this.
Webster's New World
Any similar creamy dressing used as a condiment.
Webster's New World

Origin of Mayonnaise

  • 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 American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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

    From Wiktionary

  • The United States standard of identity comes from 21 CFR 169.140.

    From Wiktionary

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