Definition of mayonnaise in English:



mass noun
  • 1A thick creamy dressing consisting of egg yolks beaten with oil and vinegar and seasoned.

    ‘spread each slice thinly with mayonnaise’
    count noun ‘mayonnaises and salad dressings are usually on the no-go list for slimmers’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘You can now squeeze your way out of the sandwich doldrums, thanks to a new crop of smear-on flavored light mayonnaises.’
    • ‘Gradually add canola oil while whisking to form a thick and creamy mayonnaise.’
    • ‘It is more appetising than it sounds, having the creamy white consistency of thick mayonnaise.’
    • ‘If you're used to thick, chunky chips with salt and vinegar, having mayonnaise on them instead may sound ever so slightly disgusting.’
    • ‘As for mayonnaise and non-sweet salad dressings, your carbohydrate savings will be minimal.’
    • ‘Use fat-free mayonnaise and salad dressings, and moderate amounts of olive oil when cooking.’
    • ‘Healthy fats also include salad dressings, mayonnaise, cooking oils, and fish oils.’
    • ‘Make coleslaw by mixing chopped cabbage with light mayonnaise, vinegar, celery seed and salt to taste.’
    • ‘Add sour cream, mayonnaise and vinegar to the pasta and toss to coat noodles.’
    • ‘The smell and even the sight of it make me queasy, as do the other major American condiments, mustard and 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.’
    • ‘In a slow stream, drizzle in enough oil to bind ingredients together until thick and creamy, like mayonnaise.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Add 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar and enough mayonnaise to make a spreadable mixture.’
    • ‘For the lavender glaze: Combine mayonnaise, mustard and red wine vinegar in a bowl and reserve.’
    • ‘When eating the pizza, I forbid ketchup and mayonnaise at the table.’
    • ‘He tries to be sneaky when he takes mayonnaise or ketchup out of the kitchen, but I've seen him do it.’
    1. 1.1British with modifier A mixture of mayonnaise and a specified ingredient.
      ‘egg mayonnaise’
      • ‘Thickly spread the egg mayonnaise mixture onto the buttered bread and sprinkle with the cress.’
      • ‘Oh well, I suppose an egg mayonnaise sandwich fills the gap a little.’
      • ‘If this takes off one day I might even discover an egg mayonnaise sandwich for sale without bloody pond weed cress.’
      • ‘Every day she eats beans on toast followed by an egg mayonnaise sandwich for breakfast.’
      • ‘Plus, he was spot on about that egg mayonnaise sandwich.’
      • ‘There is, admittedly, more fat in a portion of chips - but still less than in a tuna mayonnaise sandwich, apparently.’
      • ‘But tonight, after our nearly close call, I'd even have been grateful for a horrible egg mayonnaise sandwich.’
      • ‘After being reprimanded by our mother, she kicked me in the shin as she went to go pick up the remains of a tuna mayonnaise sandwich.’
      • ‘She opted for mushroom soup, I for potato wedges with bacon and cheese and a garlic mayonnaise dip.’
      • ‘Did he know that chicken tikka is the second most popular British sandwich after egg mayonnaise?’
      • ‘Father's fresh salmon mayonnaise salad hit a purer note, which supported my view that some skill existed in the kitchen.’
      • ‘The nice thing about it is that it can be eaten straightaway, or kept and sliced up cold with a tomato sauce, or a nice lemon mayonnaise and salad.’
      • ‘Go for just the regular lunch and you can select from a range of traditional starters such as egg mayonnaise or soup.’
      • ‘I opted for the smoked mackerel, which was oak smoked fillet, presented cold with a citrus lemon mayonnaise and French leaf salad.’
      • ‘In a medium bowl, toss the knuckle meat with enough lobster mayonnaise to coat well.’
      • ‘Asparagus doesn't need much time on the grill and requires nothing more than butter and black pepper or a garlic mayonnaise to turn the stalks into the food of the gods.’
      • ‘Spoon the tuna mayonnaise over the turkey or chicken.’
      • ‘Serve with a good loaf of bread to help mop up the delicious tuna mayonnaise dressing.’
      • ‘Season and using a pastry hag fitted with a small round tip, pipe the wasabi mayonnaise into the center of each quail egg white.’
      • ‘With its lemon and garlic mayonnaise dressing, it resembled a fabulous Caesar salad.’


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