mi·​gnon·​ette ˌmin-yə-ˈnet How to pronounce mignonette (audio)
: any of a genus (Reseda of the family Resedaceae, the mignonette family) of herbs
especially : a garden annual (R. odorata) bearing racemes of fragrant whitish flowers
: a sauce made typically with vinegar, pepper, and herbs and served especially with oysters

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Examples of mignonette in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Something to savor Start off with the Oysters West Coast and East Coast, served with red wine vinegar mignonette and lemon cocktail sauce, and the lavraki, served with horta and ladolemono sauce. Amanda Mesa, Miami Herald, 30 Jan. 2024 The presentation comprises oysters with passion-fruit mignonette and the day’s crudo—yellowtail with avocado, say, or scallops in yuzu—and chilled lobsters, their silken claws already flawlessly denuded. The New Yorker, 15 Dec. 2023 The city abounds with fine seafood towers, especially at Martini-minded restaurants above a certain price point, though there can be a sameness to them, a repetitive haze of mignonette and gently melting ice. Helen Rosner, The New Yorker, 17 Dec. 2023 There’s an array of dressings and hot sauces, including a mouth-puckering homemade mignonette, and the oysters are glorious, a symphony of brine and richness, especially the Blue Points, mild and rich as salted butter, and the peachy sweetness of the Kumamotos. Helen Rosner, The New Yorker, 5 Nov. 2023 To start, an oyster crudo is paired with pineapple mignonette and lemongrass, while steak (or beet) tartare gets a Mexican spin with roasted jalapenos, pearl onions, watermelon radishes, and crispy tortillas. Tori Latham, Robb Report, 8 Aug. 2023 Farther uptown, the casual new Seafood Sally’s fuses Gulf Coast and Southeast Asian cooking in dishes like raw oysters with a Vietnamese mignonette and seafood boils with Viet-Cajun chili butter. Kate Donnelly, Travel + Leisure, 8 July 2023 Those farms then grow the seed the rest of the way into the edible adults that can be shucked and served with mignonette sauce and a slice of lemon. Brian Amaral, BostonGlobe.com, 11 Apr. 2023 Many restaurants serve fresh-shucked local oysters with a traditional mignonette or cocktail sauce, including F Street Station and Sullivan’s Steakhouse (320 W. Fifth Ave.). Mara Severin, Anchorage Daily News, 27 June 2021 See More

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Word History


French mignonnette, from obsolete French, feminine of mignonnet dainty, from Middle French, from mignon darling

First Known Use

1785, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of mignonette was in 1785

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“Mignonette.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mignonette. Accessed 5 Mar. 2024.

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