ap·​ple·​sauce | \ -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

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Wynoochee Early’ is good for fresh eating and beloved as a cooking apple—its thin skin almost disappears when baked or cooked down into applesauce, so there is no need for peeling. Sunset, "The Best Apple Trees to Grow in Your Home Garden," 22 Jan. 2018 An order of three potato pancakes, two eggs — mine were ideally over-easy — and two thick triangles of beautiful wheaty-rye toast, plus, of course, sour cream and applesauce, costs $10. Bethany Jean Clement, The Seattle Times, "Feels like family: Seattle’s Dacha Diner might be your new favorite place," 29 Mar. 2019 Donations of applesauce, apple juice, almonds, canned artichokes, asparagus and more will be collected. 'sam' Boyer/special To,, "This lunch included a really colorful encounter: Whit & Whimsey," 6 Apr. 2018 In a large bowl, combine the wet ingredients: applesauce, buttermilk, oil, and egg. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Basic Healthy Muffins," 2 Jan. 2014 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

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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 How to pronounce applesauce (audio) \

Kids Definition of applesauce

: a sweet sauce made from cooked apples

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