Definition of mirepoix in US English:

mirepoix

noun

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

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

mirepoix

/mirˈpwä/