Definition of mornay in English:


(also Mornay)


  • Denoting or served in a cheese-flavored white sauce.

    ‘mornay sauce’
    [postpositive] ‘cauliflower mornay’
    • ‘The Oyster Bar offers a dizzying array of dishes from a half dozen rested on ice to a baked dish with spinach and mornay cheese sauce or lightly grilled oysters with bacon.’
    • ‘There are plenty of succulent fish dishes too, including peat-smoked haddock mornay or roast medallions of monkfish and tiger prawns.’
    • ‘I just smiled, and copied his number down, then Ryan served us a early dinner, apparently he cooks, so we had fish mornay.’
    • ‘The lobster was split in half and then mixed with mornay and Sauce Americaine.’
    • ‘Lily opted for the lemon sole mornay - a fillet of sole topped with prawns and a cheese sauce au gratin, at £14.50.’
    • ‘Noodle rolls filled with minced Tasmanian possum, topped with mornay sauce.’


Named after Mornay, the French cook and eldest son of Joseph Voiron, chef of the restaurant Durand at the end of the 19th century and inventor of the sauce.