Definition of cornichon in US English:



  • A small pickled cucumber.

    ‘a duck terrine with lentil salad and cornichons’
    • ‘Try with sourdough toast and a few ribbed cornichon.’
    • ‘The sandwich is served on a baguette with cornichon, lettuce and tomato.’
    • ‘Cut each cornichon into thin strips.’
    • ‘Chef Sean Hartley cites the house-made venison sausage with cornichon as an ideal companion to a dunkel weizen ale from Blind Pig, a local brewery.’
    • ‘The dish included thin slices of the tasty pâté, dots of mustard, crisp crostini and garnishes of cornichon and pickled cauliflower.’
    • ‘The ones called cornichons tend to be the smallest and sweetest, so are best for cooking.’
    • ‘This upscale market is where celebrity homeowners shop and has everything - from cornichons to Cabernet - to fill your picnic basket.’
    • ‘My only misgiving is the lack of a piquant note to balance the richness - mustard, or capsicum, or cornichon - perhaps even Fritz's ubiquitous tarragon vinegar.’
    • ‘Roll up really good salami with rocket and a small gherkin (cornichon).’
    • ‘He had been dreaming, aloud, about a saucisson sec, beurre and cornichon sandwich for weeks.’
    • ‘All of the ingredients, from cheese to cornichons, were top-notch and some of the dishes were outstanding.’
    • ‘We order what reads like an interesting option, the dry-cured sausage, cornichon and butter sandwich.’


French, literally ‘little horn’.