ap·​ple·​sauce ˈa-pəl-ˌsȯs How to pronounce applesauce (audio)
: a relish or dessert made of apples stewed to a pulp and sweetened
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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Word History

First Known Use

1672, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of applesauce was in 1672


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“Applesauce.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Dec. 2023.

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ap·​ple·​sauce -ˌsȯs How to pronounce applesauce (audio)
: a sauce or dessert made of sweetened stewed apples
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