vin·​ai·​grette ˌvi-ni-ˈgret How to pronounce vinaigrette (audio)
: a sauce made typically of oil, vinegar, and seasonings and used especially on salads, cold meats, or fish

called also vinaigrette dressing

: a small ornamental box or bottle with perforated top used for holding an aromatic preparation (such as smelling salts)

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Instead of crab, tofu is substituted and topped with a lime and honey vinaigrette. Kathy A. Mcdonald, Variety, 8 Mar. 2023 In a bowl, toss lettuce, chives, dill and tomatoes with enough vinaigrette to lightly coat. Aleksandra Crapanzano, WSJ, 8 Mar. 2023 Dinner begins with the shrimp Canapes a l’Amiral, followed by lemony mushroom crostini, poached salmon with mousseline sauce, vegetable marrow farci and asparagus salad with champagne saffron vinaigrette. Elaine Rewolinski, Journal Sentinel, 20 Feb. 2023 Sprinkle with walnuts and serve with remaining vinaigrette on the side. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, 18 Feb. 2023 And a tender green-leaf salad with a zingy vinaigrette. Kim Sunée, Anchorage Daily News, 27 Jan. 2023 The crunchy vegetable was served over a slather of creamy black sesame tahini and topped with tongue-tickling Calabrian chili vinaigrette. Elazar Sontag, Bon Appétit, 27 Jan. 2023 His slices of raw tuna come with a shallot and beef-fat vinaigrette and a veal aioli. Jeremy Repanich, Robb Report, 29 Dec. 2022 It's served with a big salad made from lentils, arugula, and red onion, all mixed together with a mustard vinaigrette. Janet Mccracken, Peoplemag, 30 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History


French, from vinaigre vinegar

First Known Use

1811, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of vinaigrette was in 1811

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“Vinaigrette.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Mar. 2023.

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vin·​ai·​grette ˌvin-i-ˈgret How to pronounce vinaigrette (audio)
: a sauce made of oil, vinegar, and seasonings and used especially on salads, cold meats, or fish

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