may·​on·​naise | \ ˈmā-ə-ˌnāz How to pronounce mayonnaise (audio) , 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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Fashion lore has it that Dalí wanted to put real mayonnaise on the lobster, but Schiaparelli pooh-poohed the idea. Nicole Phelps, Vogue, "Schiaparelli’s Bertrand Guyon Is Out After Nearly Four Years," 19 Apr. 2019 Finely chop the scallions and place them in a bowl along with sour cream, mayonnaise, and soy sauce and mix to combine. Ashley Rodriguez, Woman's Day, "Charred Scallion Dip," 10 Apr. 2019 In the 1980s, their mother created her own concoctions from their family garden, using oils, mayonnaise, eggs, avocados and more, and the girls grew up with a love for hair products. Maya Allen, Marie Claire, "The 15 Best Black-Owned Beauty Brands I'll Never Stop Talking About," 11 Feb. 2019 In small bowl, whisk together crème fraîche, milk, mayonnaise, lemon juice, mustard and 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Charred Snap Peas with Creamy Tarragon Dressing," 8 Mar. 2019 Meanwhile, in a large bowl, whisk together mayonnaise, mustard, lemon zest, and 2 Tbsp lemon juice; stir in onion, then toss with shrimp. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Pea Fritters with Shrimp Salad," 7 Mar. 2019 In a small bowl, combine the mayonnaise, sour cream, sugar and mustard. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Here's how to steam eggs and cook potatoes for perfect potato salad," 20 June 2018 In a bowl, mix the mayonnaise, chipotle powder, and lime juice. Sally Pasley Vargas,, "Recipe: Crispy soft-shell crabs and chipotle mayo fill these po’ boy sandwiches," 18 June 2018 Add the mayonnaise, sour cream, lemon juice and vinegar and pulse again to combine. San Antonio Express-News, "Recipe: Smoked Garlic Potato Salad," 6 June 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
British : a food made by mixing something (such as chopped eggs) with mayonnaise


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Kids Definition of mayonnaise

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

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