ap·​ple·​sauce | \-ˌsȯs \

Definition of applesauce 

1 : a relish or dessert made of apples stewed to a pulp and sweetened

2 slang : bunkum, nonsense

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English offers a smorgasbord of words for nonsense, some of which are better known as words for food. We have baloney, spinach, rhubarb, and toffee, not to mention full of beans. And if none of those offerings are to your taste, you can say that's pure banana oil! Seemingly innocuous applesauce was first introduced to this menu back in the early 20th century. Back then, there may have been some bias against the real stuff. Poet Wallace Stevens’s turn-of-the-century description of a meal consisting of "some unnameable smathering of greasy fritters . . . and of course the inevictable applesauce" shows a lack of respect that must have been shared by others.

Examples of applesauce in a Sentence

all that talk about taking up the farming life was just a lot of spoiled applesauce

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Using a rubber spatula, stir buttermilk, applesauce, and oil into flour mixture until combined and batter is smooth. Cheryl Slocum, Country Living, "Chocolate Cake with Chocolate-Orange Sauce," 10 Jan. 2011 Also available are crab cake sandwiches, shrimp baskets, pierogis as a side, cabbage and noodles, rice and beans, macaroni and cheese as a side, coleslaw, applesauce, clam chowder and various beverages. Carol Kovach,, "Nominations sought for Fairview Park Citizen of the Year: A Place in the Sun," 13 Feb. 2018 The Bottom Line: While baby food pouches undoubtedly beat out other unhealthier snack options, throwing an apple in your kid's backpack instead of an applesauce pouch wins out almost every time. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "You're Probably Feeding Your Kids Too Many Food Pouches, Say Pediatricians," 3 July 2018 Kids’ Plate options come with your choice of fries or applesauce: Steakburger, mini corn dogs, Kraft Macaroni & Cheese, grilled cheese or chicken fingers. Melissa Reinert,, "Steak 'N Shake: Kids eat free every weekend this summer," 10 July 2018 The children's menu entrees are served with applesauce or fresh veggies. Amy Schwabe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Kid-friendly alternatives at 7 Milwaukee Friday fish fry restaurants," 14 Feb. 2018 Sides include applesauce or cole slaw and potatoes or mac and cheese. Carol Kovach,, "West Park Kiwanis host spaghetti dinner, Ward 17 Dems to hear Dennis Kucinich: A Place in the Sun," 6 Feb. 2018 To aid healing after a tonsillectomy, Dr. Voigt recommends a cold, soft diet in the early post-op period to help with swelling and pain, which might include foods like applesauce or pudding. Claire Gillespie, SELF, "Gabourey Sidibe Is Getting Her Tonsils Out—Here's What That's Like as an Adult," 18 Jan. 2018 Chop fruit to whip up chutney, which makes a great dip or topping for meats and sandwiches. Replace part of the butter or oil in baked goods with applesauce to decrease the fat content. Indianapolis Star, "RECIPES: Fruit Recipes for the Holidays," 18 May 2018

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First Known Use of applesauce

1672, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of applesauce

: a sweet sauce made from cooked apples


ap·​ple·​sauce | \ˈa-pəl-ˌsȯs \

Kids Definition of applesauce

: a sweet sauce made from cooked apples

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