Definition of vinaigrette in English:

vinaigrette

Syllabification: vin·ai·grette
Pronunciation: /ˌvinəˈgret
 
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noun

  • 1 (also vinaigrette dressing) Salad dressing of oil, wine vinegar, and seasoning.
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    • Spoon a portion of red curry vinaigrette around the steak tartare.
    • We do have a home made, sugar free mint sauce and a home made oil and fat free vinaigrette salad dressing.
    • The pomme d' amour is also the central flavouring and colouring agent in the famous Creole sauce - a sauce almost as international as vinaigrette or mayonnaise.
  • 2 historical A small ornamental bottle for holding smelling salts.
    More example sentences
    • We left the windows open for a few hours, but the apartment still smells like a vinaigrette.
    • She rummaged in her reticule for a vinaigrette, dabbed her handkerchief with it and pressed the handkerchief to her nose.
    • We often read about overwrought ladies reaching for their vinaigrettes, or of stalwart heroes reviving a swooning damsel by waving a vinaigrette beneath her nose.

Origin

French, diminutive of vinaigre 'vinegar'.

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