Definition of mayonnaise in US English:

mayonnaise

noun

  • A thick creamy dressing consisting of egg yolks beaten with oil and vinegar and seasoned.

    • ‘As for mayonnaise and non-sweet salad dressings, your carbohydrate savings will be minimal.’
    • ‘Make coleslaw by mixing chopped cabbage with light mayonnaise, vinegar, celery seed and salt to taste.’
    • ‘In a slow stream, drizzle in enough oil to bind ingredients together until thick and creamy, like mayonnaise.’
    • ‘Add 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar and enough mayonnaise to make a spreadable mixture.’
    • ‘Gradually add canola oil while whisking to form a thick and creamy mayonnaise.’
    • ‘The smell and even the sight of it make me queasy, as do the other major American condiments, mustard and mayonnaise.’
    • ‘For the lavender glaze: Combine mayonnaise, mustard and red wine vinegar in a bowl and reserve.’
    • ‘Emulsions have been chosen because they are daily present in kitchens, being the base of many different sauces and mayonnaises, salad dressings, ice creams, shakes, etc.’
    • ‘When eating the pizza, I forbid ketchup and mayonnaise at the table.’
    • ‘Add sour cream, mayonnaise and vinegar to the pasta and toss to coat noodles.’
    • ‘If you're used to thick, chunky chips with salt and vinegar, having mayonnaise on them instead may sound ever so slightly disgusting.’
    • ‘You can now squeeze your way out of the sandwich doldrums, thanks to a new crop of smear-on flavored light mayonnaises.’
    • ‘He tries to be sneaky when he takes mayonnaise or ketchup out of the kitchen, but I've seen him do it.’
    • ‘Use fat-free mayonnaise and salad dressings, and moderate amounts of olive oil when cooking.’
    • ‘The tuna pasta salad was creamy with mayonnaise, and although I could taste some dill, it tasted flat and old.’
    • ‘No visit to Amsterdam is complete without sampling a cone of French fries served with mayonnaise or peanut butter sauce.’
    • ‘It is more appetising than it sounds, having the creamy white consistency of thick mayonnaise.’
    • ‘Use ketchup, mustard and mayonnaise sparingly and use pepper or lemon juice in place of salt.’
    • ‘Now don't give up on the lettuce - you can use low fat mayonnaise, vinegar and lemon juice instead.’
    • ‘Healthy fats also include salad dressings, mayonnaise, cooking oils, and fish oils.’

Origin

French, probably from the feminine of mahonnais ‘of or from Port Mahon’, the capital of Minorca.

Pronunciation