duck sauce


: a thick sauce in Chinese cuisine that contains fruits (such as plums or apricots), vinegar, sweeteners, and seasonings

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The alleged attacks began in November after Hirsch asked for extra duck sauce with his order — a request restaurant staff honored at the time, according to the charges. Kimmy Yam, NBC News, 14 June 2022 Mayor Adams has no beef with the NYPD’s month-long wait to make an arrest in the cold-blooded slaying of a hard-working Chinese food delivery man that stemmed from a dispute about duck sauce. Fox News, 5 June 2022 Think of its final viscosity as about like duck sauce or Thai sweet chili sauce. NBC News, 5 Sep. 2019 Where the seething racial strife between poor folks erupted into arguments about miscounted change, missing duck sauce packets, or murmured epithets. Shakirah Simley, Longreads, 5 Oct. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1978, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of duck sauce was in 1978

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Cite this Entry

“Duck sauce.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Mar. 2023.

Kids Definition

duck sauce

: a thick sweet sauce made mostly of fruits (as plums or apricots), sweeteners, and vinegar and used especially with Chinese food
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