Borrowed from French mayonnaise, possibly named after the city Maó, Minorca, whence the recipe was brought back to France. Alternative suggested origins include the city of Bayonne (bayonnaise); the French word manier (“to handle”); the Old French moyeu (“egg yolk”); and the Duke of Mayenne.
- IPA(key): /ˈmeɪ.ə.neɪz/, /ˌmeɪ.əˈneɪz/
- (General American, æ-tensing) also IPA(key): /ˈmæn.eɪz/
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- Rhymes: -eɪz
- A dressing made from vegetable oil, raw egg yolks and seasoning, used on salads, with french fries, in sandwiches etc.
1985 May, Boys' Life, volume 75, number 5, page 20:
- There are 250 foods, including mayonnaise, cheese and cocoa, that don't list ingredients at all.
1975, Irma S. Rombauer, Marion Rombauer Becker, Joy of Cooking, page 7:
- The FDA's original intent for foods included under "standards of identity" ensured that terms like "mayonnaise" or "ice cream” would guarantee the same basic ingredients required in the government-established recipe no matter who manufactured it.
1993, Eve Johnson, Title=Five Star Food:
- I grew up thinking that the blue and white Miracle Whip salad dressing jar in the fridge held the same substance the rest of the world knew as mayonnaise. / Now I know that mayonnaise is something entirely different.
2008, Jan McCracken, The Everything Lactose Free Cookbook:
- The oils in store-bought mayonnaise range from olive oil to sunflower oil to safflower oil and some less desirable oils!
2012, Marie A. Boyle, Sara Long Roth, Personal Nutrition:
- Most store-bought mayonnaise contains ingredients (vinegar, lemonjuice, and salt) that actually slow bacterial growth
- Any cold dish with that dressing as an ingredient.
- We served a lobster mayonnaise as a starter.
Possibly named after the city Maó, Minorca, whence the recipe was brought back to France. Alternative suggested origins include the city of Bayonne (bayonnaise); the French word manier (“to handle”); the Old French moyeu (“egg yolk”); and the Duke of Mayenne.
mayonnaise f (plural mayonnaises)
- (analogy, mechanics, familiar) milkshake (accidental emulsion of oil and water in an engine)
- “mayonnaise” in le Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).