\ˈmā-(ˌ)ō \

Definition of mayo 

(Entry 1 of 3)


biographical name
\ˈmā-(ˌ)ō \

Definition of Mayo (Entry 2 of 3)

Charles Horace 1865–1939 and his brother William James 1861–1939 American surgeons


geographical name

Definition of Mayo (Entry 3 of 3)

1 \ˈmī-​(ˌ)ō \ river 250 miles (402 kilometers) long in the northwestern Mexico state of Sonora flowing southwest into the Gulf of California

2 \ˈmā-​(ˌ)ō \ county of northwestern Ireland on the Atlantic in Connacht; capital Castlebar area 2084 square miles (5418 square kilometers), population 130,638

Examples of mayo in a Sentence

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Rodriguez says: The roasted garlic mayo was delicious and complimented this already good burger., "The City Diner in Cleveland is not your typical local diner," 8 May 2018 Spread the mayo on the inside of each piece of bread, then layer on the roast, cucumber, carrot mixture, jalapeño, and cilantro. Ac Shilton, Outside Online, "Veganism for Carnivores: Testing a Fake-Meat Cookbook," 22 Mar. 2018 So, like, our Turkey Razz has a raspberry mayo dressing. Geoff Bruce, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Cafe Buzzz establishes roots, relationships in Wales," 19 Mar. 2018 Mayo, Florida is holding the mayo, at least for a few days. Fox News, "Florida town of Mayo changes name to 'Miracle Whip'," 28 Aug. 2018 Peekytoe-crab salad with 'nduja mayo, avocado and chicharrón at Upland, in the Flatiron District. Charles Passy, WSJ, "Pork Rinds With an Upscale Twist," 6 Sep. 2018 Aioli, like mayo, is an emulsion of eggs and oil, though one with a garlic focus. Stephanie Hayes, miamiherald, "Explore aioloi, mayo’s upscale friend | Miami Herald," 26 Feb. 2018 Pour in the half cup of tahini mayo, the lemon zest and the remaining tablespoon of lemon juice, the scallions, carrot, dates and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, then toss until well incorporated. Bonnie S. Benwick, charlotteobserver, "Tahini and chicken salad is the perfect pairing," 12 June 2018 There’s also shredded lettuce and special creamy mayo sauce with a hint of horseradish. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Top 5 burgers to try in metro Detroit this summer," 25 June 2018

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circa 1960, in the meaning defined above

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