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.

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Finally rolling out nationwide after successful testing in the brand’s west coast restaurants, Crispy Tacos are crunchy tortillas filled with seasoned beef, shredded lettuce, flavorful taco sauce and cheddar cheese shreds. Hannah Chubb, PEOPLE.com, "Burger King Just Added $1 Crispy Tacos to Menus Nationwide," 9 July 2019 The compilation was in need of a sprinkling of green onion or shredded lettuce. Lindsey Mcclave, The Courier-Journal, "This Mexican restaurant near U of L serves up some indulgent (and big!) food," 3 July 2019 Divide patties evenly among pitas and fill each sandwich with tomato slices, 1/2 cup shredded lettuce, and 2 tablespoons feta. Washington Post, "Dive into a Greek gyro, with lamb and yogurt sauce in a pita," 17 June 2019 Serve these lobster rolls in a toasted, buttered bun with crisp lettuce for the ultimate summer sandwich. Kate Merker And Taylor Murray, Country Living, "Classic Lobster Rolls," 22 May 2019 But unlike with romaine lettuce, regulators are not warning people to avoid turkey. Candice Choi, The Seattle Times, "Americans, Canadians are warned not to eat romaine lettuce," 21 Nov. 2018 The issue is a nationwide E. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce from Yuma, Ariz. Sean Rossman, USA TODAY, "Whether your romaine lettuce is chopped or not, toss it: Consumer Reports," 20 Apr. 2018 As far as the source, there's been no narrowing beyond the CDC tracking it to romaine lettuce from the Yuma, Arizona region. David J. Neal, miamiherald, "E. coli outbreak update: 53 sick in 16 states, throw out romaine lettuce (still)," 20 Apr. 2018 Avocado, bacon, tarragon, parsley and other herbs, and lettuce have no place in the salad. Sally Pasley Vargas, BostonGlobe.com, "Recipe: How to make a perfect lobster roll," 1 July 2019

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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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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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