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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

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Examples of mignonette in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Even a single Wellfleet oyster ($3) is given every respect: My friend’s arrived atop an earthenware bowl of ice with a slice of lemon and three sauces, including a deeply flavorful cherry mignonette. Joan Wilder, BostonGlobe.com, "Salt Raw Bar offers flavors from around the world," 24 July 2019 Like any good meal, start with a dozen oysters, broiled then doused in a spicy diablo sauce for something different than your usual mignonette. Omar Mamoon, SFChronicle.com, "Is Tijuana Restaurant in Oakland the Best Old Restaurant in America?," 27 Dec. 2019 The oysters themselves are impeccable, served with mignonette, cocktail sauce, horseradish, and a lemon wedge. BostonGlobe.com, "A fine seafood restaurant, hidden in the weeds - The Boston Globe," 10 Oct. 2019 Eddie V’s isn’t just any chain restaurant — the menu items are top-of-the-line with fresh seafood selections, an oyster bar and steak options that are complemented by a variety of mignonette sauces. orlandosentinel.com, "2019 Orlando Sentinel Best Bets: Dining & Restaurants winners," 5 Oct. 2019 My vegetarian friend enjoyed the cauliflower with roasted aubergine and smoked pine nuts, and yes, those oysters, served with a chamomile mignonette, are reason enough to come. Michele Parente, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Coronado’s new hotspot, San Diego’s coolest happy hour and more from our must list," 3 Sep. 2019 Libations are named after Grateful Dead songs, and dishes like Taunton Bay Oysters with with blueberry mignonette sing the praises of local harvests. Alexandra Hall, BostonGlobe.com, "Serving up splendor Downeast," 5 Aug. 2019 The oysters, usually local Maine and Massachusetts varieties, are just $1.50 each and come on large trays of ice with the classic fixings: lemon wedges, horseradish, cocktail sauce, and shallot mignonette. Alex Delany, Bon Appétit, "The Shop in Portland, Maine, Is My Ultimate Summer Hang," 30 July 2019 For something more refined, Haute Quarter Grill offers a cold oyster dish served with a strawberry, cucumber and ginger mignonette. Anchorage Daily News, "Searching for Anchorage’s finest bites? Think seafood," 2 May 2018

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First Known Use of mignonette

1785, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for mignonette

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

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28 Jan 2020

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“Mignonette.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mignonette. Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

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