Also vinegarette. a small, ornamental bottle or box for holding aromatic vinegar, smelling salts, or the like.


(of a food, as asparagus or artichoke) served with a sauce made with vinegar or with vinaigrette sauce.

Origin of vinaigrette

1690–1700; < French, equivalent to vinaigre vinegar + -ette -ette Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of vinaigrette

Historical Examples of vinaigrette

  • Then I was able to look at it, and recognize it as my mother's vinaigrette.

  • I was just stopping to give Mammy my vinaigrette, to take to church with her.

    Uncle Tom's Cabin

    Harriet Beecher Stowe

  • I—I will take the vinaigrette to my room with me, I think, my dear.

    Margaret Montfort

    Laura E. Richards

  • I always thought you'd have hysterics on your wedding-day, and got my vinaigrette all ready.


    Louisa May Alcott

  • Sibyl hastened away, and returned with her vinaigrette, which she handed to Rolfe.

    The Whirlpool

    George Gissing

British Dictionary definitions for vinaigrette



Also called: vinegarette a small decorative bottle or box with a perforated top, used for holding smelling salts, etc
Also called: vinaigrette sauce a salad dressing made from oil and vinegar with seasonings; French dressing


served with vinaigrette

Word Origin for vinaigrette

C17: from French, from vinaigre vinegar
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Word Origin and History for vinaigrette

1690s, a type of condiment, from French vinaigrette, diminutive of vinaigre "(aromatic) vinegar" (see vinegar). Modern sense of a type of dressing for salads or cold vegetables is attested from 1877.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper