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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Make dumplings: In a large bowl, whisk to combine the eggs and applesauce. Debbi Snook,, "This Is Cleveland: Michael Symon's smoked meat stew (recipe)," 11 Apr. 2018 Some recipes included the likes of applesauce, oatmeal, flour, and/or Jell-O. 5. Stacey Grant, Seventeen, "14 Outrageous Facts About Nickelodeon Slime," 10 Dec. 2018 Reduce speed to low and mix in the vanilla and applesauce. Country Living, "Apple-Cardamom Cakes with Apple Cider Icing," 13 July 2012 Reduce oil to 1⁄2 cup and add 1 1⁄2 cups unsweetened applesauce to liquid ingredients. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Easy Vanilla Chocolate-Chip Cake," 1 Jan. 2012 The rally in bonds was briefly interrupted after the Labor Department said Friday the consumer-price index—a broad measure of Americans’ living expenses, from applesauce to catcher’s mitts—rose 0.2% in July from a month earlier. Orla Mccaffrey, WSJ, "U.S. Government Bonds Higher on Plunging Turkish Lira," 10 Aug. 2018 Quick: Your baby dumps a cup of applesauce over head—what's your first instinct? Charlotte Hilton Andersen, Redbook, "Parenting," 18 Jan. 2012 Garner also talked about her start-up, Once Upon a Farm, which just raised $20 million in funding for their organic, cold-pressed baby food, applesauce, and smoothies. Amanda Mitchell, Marie Claire, "Jennifer Garner Talks Being an Entrepreneur—And No Longer Playing the "Nice Girl"," 15 Oct. 2018 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

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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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