\ 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 These Sesame Fried Artichokes are quick to fix and go great with mayo. Drake Wilson, Sunset Magazine, "The Recipes You Should Be Cooking This February," 10 Feb. 2020 No word yet on how Earth tasted, or if either man used a little light mayo on his slice. Andrew Daniels, Popular Mechanics, "Two Guys on Exact Opposite Ends of the World Made an Earth Sandwich," 23 Jan. 2020 In 2 batches, place 2 slices bread mayo-side down in the skillet. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Classic Patty Melt," 18 Dec. 2019 That creation is made up of an extra crispy chicken filet topped with special Cheetos sauce placed on a mayo-slathered, toasted bun with a layer of crunchy Cheetos inside. Ashley Boucher,, "KFC Testing Fried Chicken Sandwich That's Between 2 Glazed Donuts," 17 Sep. 2019 Here, rather than a roll drowning in mayo and pepper, the tofu’s spice is pumped up with pickled jalapeño and habanero sauce, its plushness paired with bouncy king trumpet mushrooms. Soleil Ho,, "Shizen in San Francisco makes a stellar case for vegan sushi," 17 Oct. 2019 In goes an array of spices and herbs, a drizzle of olive oil or a dollop of mayo, and some garlic. Dayana Sarkisova, Washington Post, "Where there’s smoke, there’s an Armenian blistered eggplant dip," 26 Dec. 2019 Experiment with the seasoning or sneak in a little cheese spread with the mayo (an idea from Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin via Mary Bergin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Your holiday feast just got more exciting with these recipes from Wisconsin chefs," 17 Dec. 2019 How to use them: Snack on roasted chickpeas or spread hummus on your sandwich in place of mayo. Anchorage Daily News, "8 foods you need in your kitchen for a healthier 2020," 26 Nov. 2019

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circa 1960, in the meaning defined above

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“Mayo.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Feb. 2020.

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