ap·​ple·​sauce | \ ˈa-pəl-ˌsȯs How to pronounce applesauce (audio) \

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
Recent Examples on the Web About the menu: Thick potatoes pancakes are a mesh of parsley and chopped onions served with chunky homemade applesauce and dollop of sour cream. Marc Bona, cleveland, "Der Braumeister: Northeast Ohio’s best weekend brunches, breakfasts," 2 Jan. 2020 Garnish with cilantro and serve with applesauce, if desired., "Recipe: Sweet Potato and Carrot Hanukkah Latkes," 11 Dec. 2019 The White House even took a stance, serving applesauce in lieu of cranberries at Thanksgiving dinner. Lynn Johnson, National Geographic, "The U.S. cranberry harvest explained in four charts," 27 Nov. 2019 He was treated for bronchitis and sent back to the care home, where caregivers gave him applesauce with his medications. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Elderly often face neglect in California care homes," 18 Sep. 2019 This swap cuts the carbs and calories, but the recipe also suggests serving the latkes with unsweetened applesauce instead of the traditional sweetened variety and plain 0% Greek yogurt in place of sour cream. NBC News, "Healthier sides and desserts for your holiday table," 17 Nov. 2018 Needs: Diapers, household items, hygiene items, cereal, granola bars, juice boxes, applesauce, graham crackers, macaroni and cheese, fruit cups and Spaghetti O's. Jessica Boehm, azcentral, "Arresting people for sleeping outside is 'cruel,' U.S. Supreme Court affirms," 24 Dec. 2019 For a chunky applesauce, mash the apples in the pot with a potato masher., "Recipe: Homemade Hanukkah Applesauce," 11 Dec. 2019 Perhaps a cooking show featuring the casts’ recipes for — as the routine in the sitcom had it — pork chops and applesauce., "Here’s a story, about the Bradys, and how we just can’t seem to quit them," 12 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of applesauce

1672, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Applesauce.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of applesauce

: a sweet sauce made from cooked apples


ap·​ple·​sauce | \ ˈa-pəl-ˌsȯs How to pronounce applesauce (audio) \

Kids Definition of applesauce

: a sweet sauce made from cooked apples

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