[ ber-neyz, bey-er-; French bey-ar-nez ]
/ bɛrˈneɪz, ˌbeɪ ər-; French beɪ arˈnɛz /


(sometimes lowercase) a sauce of egg yolks, shallots, tarragon, butter, vinegar, and sometimes white wine and chopped chervil.

Origin of Béarnaise

< French, equivalent to Béarn district in SW France + -aise, feminine of -ais -ese
Also called Béarnaise sauce.
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British Dictionary definitions for bearnaise


/ (ˌbeɪəˈneɪz) /


a rich sauce made from egg yolks, lemon juice or wine vinegar, butter, shallots, herbs, and seasoning

Word Origin for Béarnaise

C19: French, from Béarn in SW France
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Word Origin and History for bearnaise



"egg-and-butter sauce," 1877, from French sauce béarnaise, from fem. of béarnais "of Béarn," region in southwest France (named for the Benarni, a Gaulish tribe).

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