mignonette

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noun mi·gnon·ette \ˌmin-yə-ˈnet\

Definition of mignonette

  1. 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. 2 :  a sauce made typically with vinegar, pepper, and herbs and served especially with oysters

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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: 1785


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