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 The first 2,000 people who donate three nonperishable food items (cooking oil and fruit snack packs, low-sugar applesauce and mandarin oranges preferred) to the Mid Gate between noon and 3 p.m. Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 16 May 2022 Platters will be served with applesauce at a price of $7. Hartford Courant, 21 Apr. 2022 Dinner is served with applesauce, coleslaw, marble rye bread, tartar sauce, milk and coffee. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 24 Feb. 2022 Both were mixed with foods such as applesauce to conceal the taste. Charmaine Patterson,, 21 Jan. 2022 Children's meals come with applesauce, fries and ranch dressing or barbecue sauce. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 24 Feb. 2022 All dinners include coleslaw or applesauce and choice of side. Luann Gibbs, The Enquirer, 1 Mar. 2022 Glenn snapped pictures and continued to report on his and the spacecraft's condition, successfully controlling the capsule's altitude and eating a tube of applesauce and a xylitol pill before he was given the OK for his second orbit. Julia Musto, Fox News, 20 Feb. 2022 In a large mixing bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the sugar, brown sugar, molasses, oil and applesauce. Paul Stephen, San Antonio Express-News, 1 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of applesauce

1672, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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25 May 2022

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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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