\ ˈmā-(ˌ)ō How to pronounce mayo (audio) \

Definition of mayo

 (Entry 1 of 3)


biographical name
\ ˈmā-(ˌ)ō How to pronounce Mayo (audio) \

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 How to pronounce ˈmī-(ˌ)ō (audio) \ river 250 miles (402 kilometers) long in the northwestern Mexico state of Sonora flowing southwest into the Gulf of California
2 \ ˈmā-​(ˌ)ō How to pronounce ˈmā-(ˌ)ō (audio) \ county of northwestern Ireland on the Atlantic in Connacht; capital Castlebar area 2084 square miles (5418 square kilometers), population 130,638

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Visitors can expect fried, light-your-mouth-on-fire hot chicken from Hattie B's; savory pork meatball banh mi with pickled vegetables and sriracha mayo from Lardo; and Vietnamese iced coffee and donut sandwiches from District Donuts. Bridget Hallinan, Condé Nast Traveler, "This Epic Food Hall Gives You A Whole New Reason To Visit Las Vegas," 10 Aug. 2018 The Hail Cesar is topped with anchovies and Romaine lettuce, while the Trendy Prisoner features kimchee and cilantro mayo. Trevor Hughes, USA TODAY, "Denver chef tops hot dogs with anchovies, kimchee," 29 Apr. 2018 And of course the Centre Deli, with the orange signs and the Italian subs smeared, yes, with mayo. Kara Baskin,, "The best Italian sub around, with mayo and memories," 18 June 2018 Add ¼ cup fat-free mayo and puree until just blended. Lisa Lillien, Redbook, "A Slimmer Summer BBQ," 22 July 2011 Place tomato slices on top of mayo and season with salt and pepper. Heinz® Mayonnaise, Bon Appetit, "This “PLT” Will Be Your New Fave Sandwich," 25 June 2018 Pull the meat to pieces and fold in some herbs and olive oil or mayo. Eleanore Park, WSJ, "Why Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breast Is Actually Genius," 20 July 2018 Davis says: Sour cream is an unexpected, delicious addition, much better than mayo., "Heck's Cafe in Ohio City a community staple since 1954: Cleveland's Best Burger contest," 8 May 2018 Married Bliss My wife makes this one: turkey, corned beef, cheddar cheese, thinly sliced cucumber; mustard or mayo is your call. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "4 Great Turkey Sandwiches For All Those Thanksgiving Leftovers," 23 Nov. 2018

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circa 1960, in the meaning defined above

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