ai·​o·​li (ˌ)ī-ˈō-lē How to pronounce aioli (audio)
: a mayonnaise flavored with garlic and sometimes other ingredients (such as red pepper)

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Nigiri, hand rolls and maki are all on offer in options such as sweet corn with chile garlic, ponzu and yuzu-kosho aioli; miso eggplant with lemon and a sweet glaze; and a rainbow roll featuring seaweed caviar. Stephanie Breijo, Los Angeles Times, 23 Jan. 2023 It’s made with a tortilla on the bottom that is slathered with umami aioli, then layered with raw tuna and topped with truffle oil and microgreens. Dallas News, 3 May 2022 Rae Kramer, the executive chef at the New York restaurant-cum-flower shop Il Fiorista, serves a burger with chamomile aioli and uses chamomile mustard as a condiment for speck. Hetty Lui Mckinnon Kyoko Hamada, New York Times, 14 Oct. 2022 Toothsome taro-root fritters with jalapeño aioli are followed by mamposteao, a traditional stewed rice. Paola Singer, Condé Nast Traveler, 25 Apr. 2022 His slices of raw tuna come with a shallot and beef-fat vinaigrette and a veal aioli. Jeremy Repanich, Robb Report, 29 Dec. 2022 Top with a quick aioli that sports festive flecks of holiday red. Sunset Magazine, 12 Dec. 2022 Two beef sliders with caramelized onions and horseradish aioli. Bon Appétit Contributor, Bon Appétit, 15 Dec. 2022 The paella, fortified with mussels, cockles, shrimp, and rabbit, benefitted from tableside dollops of yet more aioli. Shauna Lyon, The New Yorker, 27 May 2022 See More

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Word History


Occitan, from ai garlic + oli oil

First Known Use

1846, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of aioli was in 1846

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Cite this Entry

“Aioli.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Feb. 2023.

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