may·​on·​naise | \ ˈmā-ə-ˌnāz, ˌmā-ə-ˈnāz, ˈma-ˌnāz, ˈmā-ˌnāz\

Definition of mayonnaise

: a dressing made chiefly of egg yolks, vegetable oils, and vinegar or lemon juice

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In a large bowl, combine chicken, ¾ cup mayonnaise, 1 cup thinly sliced celery, ½ cup toasted sliced almonds and 1 teaspoon kosher salt. Eleanore Park, WSJ, "Recipes From the Golden Age of the Luncheon," 12 Sep. 2018 Footage released by the Oakland County Sheriff’s Department shows the robber requesting what appears to be a side of mayonnaise or dressing, as well as two cookies, which the on-duty employee bags and places on the counter. Michael Bartiromo, Fox News, "Subway robber orders sandwich and cookies before producing gun, demanding cash," 24 July 2018 In a smaller bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, sour cream, lime, Tapatio (if using), chili powder, cumin and smoked paprika until smooth. Maya Wilson, Anchorage Daily News, "Smoky corn, bacon and fresh lime – this salad was made for summer," 14 June 2018 In a small bowl, mix together the mayonnaise and wasabi paste (start with 2 tsp wasabi and add more to taste). Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Wasabi-Baked Halibut," 17 Apr. 2014 For employees who are tired of tracking the boss’s antics via news alerts, this is a comforting development—sort of like borrowing a cardigan from Mr. Rogers or spreading mayonnaise on Melba toast. Sam Walker, WSJ, "Goodbye Swaggering CEOs; Hello Mr. Rogers," 3 Nov. 2018 Spread the mayonnaise on the top and bottom of the cut sides of bread. Sally Pasley Vargas,, "Recipe: Crispy soft-shell crabs and chipotle mayo fill these po’ boy sandwiches," 18 June 2018 Hidde plans to sell the delicacy on sandwiches with mayonnaise and lemon juice at his own fish stand during concerts and festivals in Berlin this summer. Washington Post, "Can’t beat ‘em? Eat ‘em! Berlin captures, cooks crayfish," 11 June 2018 One of us eats potato chips with his blood pressure medicine and puts mayonnaise on his cholesterol. Kevin Fisher-paulson, San Francisco Chronicle, "With my teenagers, it’s my fault that everything’s my fault," 29 May 2018

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1845, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of mayonnaise

: a thick, white sauce used especially in salads and on sandwiches and made chiefly of eggs, vegetable oil, and vinegar or lemon juice

: a food made by mixing something (such as chopped eggs) with mayonnaise


may·​on·​naise | \ ˈmā-ə-ˌnāz \

Kids Definition of mayonnaise

: a creamy dressing usually made of egg yolk, oil, and vinegar or lemon juice

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