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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Equally, most Americans would consider sliminess a bad thing, texture-wise: Slimy lettuce in a salad is something to be feared. Bee Wilson, WSJ, "Textures That Delight and Disgust," 21 Feb. 2019 At Chicago’s Smyth, chef John Shields’s menu includes a Turkish-towel gelée, a sea-lettuce pastry that smells like white truffles and tastes like matcha, a seaweed caramel tart, and a kombu ice cream Shields insists could pass for a Wendy’s Frosty. Tamar Adler, Vogue, "Is Seaweed the Perfect Food?," 15 Feb. 2019 The agency is still recommending that consumers not eat romaine lettuce harvested in Monterey, San Benito, and Santa Barbara counties. Jesse Newman, WSJ, "Regulators Pinpoint One Source of Latest Romaine Lettuce Outbreak," 13 Dec. 2018 Unlike its relatives, the meat is shaved off into thin slices and then wrapped in a piece of pita with lettuce, tomato, and onion with lashings of garlic sauce. Lale Arikoglu, Condé Nast Traveler, "A Love Letter To The Döner Kebab," 1 Oct. 2018 Some people who became sick did not report eating romaine lettuce but had had close contact with someone who fell ill from eating it. Lena H. Sun, chicagotribune.com, "Romaine lettuce E. coli outbreak is over as new evidence points to tainted water," 28 June 2018 Add lettuces, romaine, Parmesan, and croutons, and toss to combine. Charlyne Mattox, Country Living, "Spring Greens Caesar Salad with Pickled Shallot," 12 Apr. 2018 Specifically, the company is recalling cauliflower and both red and green leaf lettuce that was harvested between November 27 and November 30, 2018, according to an announcement. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "Cauliflower Recalled for Possible E. Coli Contamination," 18 Dec. 2018 So, to know in this store, in this bowl, our lettuce came from here, and being able to share that with you is very unique. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Why Sweetgreen thinks like a tech company," 17 Dec. 2018

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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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