\ 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 Mayo (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 Mayo (audio) \ 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Chef Geronimo Lopez takes fried rice to another level with robust rocoto pepper mayo and Peruvian-style corn chalaca. Mike Sutter,, "Critic’s picks: The best 25 San Antonio restaurant dishes of 2020, from an enchilada-puffy taco hybrid to roasted octopus," 23 Dec. 2020 Over at The Loon, current owner Linda Criswill has regulars that will make the journey for dine-in solely for a sandwich of sourdough, red onions, old school mayo, tomatoes, and griddled bologna. Nick Rallo, Dallas News, "The return of the bologna sandwich: Dallas chefs serve up nostalgic joy," 14 Dec. 2020 When we were done, Brown removed the plate with the fish and mixed it up with some umami-rich Kewpie mayo, serving us our own separate portions. Sharyn Jackson, Star Tribune, "5 best things our food writers ate in the Twin Cities this week," 30 Oct. 2020 This art print from Holly Dickenson of This Close to Midnight, who has a number of other condiment prints for sale, commemorates the Japanese mayo loved by chefs and diners worldwide. Los Angeles Times, "The food gift guide that also supports L.A. restaurants and businesses," 30 Oct. 2020 This recipe bypasses the mayo, drawing flavor from mustard, dill, pickles and pickle juice instead. Washington Post, "7 quick, make-ahead lunch options for Zoom schoolers," 7 Oct. 2020 Use yogurt or sour cream like the mayo or just fold yummy things into it. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "What to do with all the fresh corn popping up right now," 10 Sep. 2020 That slab of gorgeous red tomato with all its juices mingles meaningfully with the mayo on perfect toast, hopefully one of those sourdoughs your friend or partner has been perfecting, or good whole-wheat. Leslie Brenner, Dallas News, "9 brilliant ways to enjoy tomatoes bursting with flavor," 26 Aug. 2020 Clearly, whether your team wins or loses, the catchy name is something all Southern mayo lovers can agree upon. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, "Duke's Mayonnaise Is New Sponsor of Charlotte's Bowl Game," 22 June 2020

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First Known Use of mayo


circa 1960, in the meaning defined above

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“Mayo.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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