let·​tuce | \ ˈle-təs How to pronounce lettuce (audio) \

Definition of lettuce

: any of a genus (Lactuca) of composite plants especially : a common garden vegetable (L. sativa) whose succulent leaves are used especially in salads

Examples of lettuce in a Sentence

I like a little lettuce and tomato on my sandwiches.
Recent Examples on the Web Ramirez, 47, lives on a farm next to fields of tomatoes and lettuce, in full view of the mesa-colored Cerro el Coronel, the area’s largest mountain. Kevin T. Dugan, Rolling Stone, 9 Oct. 2021 Star Route Farms founder Warren Weber recalled Kraus coming to his farm in 1980 asking about lettuce. Janelle Bitker, San Francisco Chronicle, 7 Oct. 2021 Serve: Add the croutons and gently toss the lettuce with your hands until well coated. Beth Segal, cleveland, 23 Sep. 2021 The deli meat is fresh; the lettuce has the right crunch; the tomatoes are ripe and juicy. Mary Colurso | Mcolurso@al.com, al, 10 Sep. 2021 Dishes like the falafel sandwich ($13) aren’t wrapped up with wilting lettuce and tomato. Nick Kindelsperger, chicagotribune.com, 26 Aug. 2021 Stein doesn’t get all cheffy with his burger, preferring to garnish it with the basics: lettuce, red onions, pickles, special sauce and two kinds of cheese. Washington Post, 17 Aug. 2021 The salad’s classic components — crispy pita, tomatoes, cucumber, lettuce and feta — aren’t often messed with. Elena Kadvany, San Francisco Chronicle, 11 Aug. 2021 Add beans, peaches, lettuce, onions, pecans, basil and jalapeño to bowl and toss to combine. Paul Stephen, ExpressNews.com, 30 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of lettuce

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for lettuce

Middle English letuse, from Anglo-French letuse, probably from plural of letue lettuce plant, from Latin lactuca, from lact-, lac milk; from its milky juice — more at galaxy

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“Lettuce.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lettuce. Accessed 23 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of lettuce

: a plant that has large leaves that are eaten especially in salads


let·​tuce | \ ˈle-təs How to pronounce lettuce (audio) \

Kids Definition of lettuce

: a garden plant that has large crisp leaves eaten especially in salads

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