Definition of mirepoix in English:



  • A mixture of sautéed chopped vegetables used in various sauces.

    • ‘Using the same frying pan, add the mirepoix of vegetable and colour.’
    • ‘His mirepoix is listed among ‘essences’ and, indeed, is a meaty concoction (laced with two bottles of Madeira!) which, like all other essences, was used to enrich many a classic sauce.’
    • ‘We hack through six duck carcasses while Kristi, a striking blue-eyed brunette from Newport Beach, California, starts our mirepoix.’
    • ‘He has a typically light Italian touch with, for example, sweetbreads, which are served clean and white with a high and herbal saffron sauce on a sort of mirepoix of carrots and celery.’
    • ‘I added the mirepoix and explained to the class how this mixture of diced onion, carrot, and celery is the foundation of all great sauces.’


French, named after the Duc de Mirepoix (1699–1757), French general.