Definition of mignonette
1 : 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
2 : a sauce made typically with vinegar, pepper, and herbs and served especially with oysters
Recent Examples of mignonette from the Web
Make Mignonette: Combine red wine vinegar and finely chopped shallot in a bowl.
Dress them with a rosé mignonette — a bit of the wine mixed with cracked black pepper and shallots.
The shellfish are drizzled with a modern take on mignonette; Shulman swaps the vinegar and black pepper traditionally used in the sauce for yuzu and finely grated jalapeno, adding heat and bright citrus notes.
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Origin and Etymology of mignonette
French mignonnette, from obsolete French, feminine of mignonnet dainty, from Middle French, from mignon darling
First Known Use: 1785See Words from the same year
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