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 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 Important note: There is an ongoing and spirited debate about whether latkes are best served with applesauce or sour cream. Emma Marticke, CNN, "Your burning Hanukkah questions, answered," 22 Dec. 2019 The fruit layer here is a pear puree, essentially applesauce made with pears. Washington Post, "This pretty breakfast Danish is as easy to make as a toaster waffle," 14 Oct. 2019 Sweet potatoes, canned pumpkin, ripe bananas, dates, pineapple, and unsweetened applesauce are some to try. Samantha Cassetty, NBC News, "How to help your kid cut down on sugar and juice," 28 Sep. 2019 This simple, homemade applesauce takes on a taste of Texas with the addition of serrano chile., "Recipe: Homemade Hanukkah Applesauce," 11 Dec. 2019 Co-sponsored by the Deer Park UMC Men’s Group and the Deer Park Lions Club, the breakfast will include pancakes, scrambled eggs and sausage, applesauce and a choice of beverage. Lois Szymanski,, "Central Carroll: For St. John Catholic Church, Christmas Bazaar is ‘about community unity’," 26 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of applesauce

1672, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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15 Jan 2020

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“Applesauce.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 18 January 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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