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

Fill taco shells with beef and top with Cheddar, then lettuce. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Smoky Beef Tacos," 29 Apr. 2019 Serve with Apricot Mustard, Cheddar, and lettuce alongside. Kate Merker, Country Living, "Ham Biscuit Sandwiches With Apricot Mustard," 18 Mar. 2019 Serve with lettuce leaves, steamed rice, cucumbers, radishes, and/or pickles. Kim Sunée, Anchorage Daily News, "Struggling to use up the salmon in your freezer from last year? We’re here to help.," 6 Apr. 2018 Hawkers is known for dishes such as roti canai, pad Thai, Yi Yi’s Chicken Dumplings, Miso Pork Belly Ramen, lettuce wraps and Po Po Lo’s Curry. Lauren Delgado, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Hawkers set to open Windermere location in April," 20 Mar. 2018 The lunch menu continues the lump crab-avocado salad ($20) and adds redfish lettuce wraps with a roasted corn-black bean pico ($18). Bud Kennedy, star-telegram, "Veggies, desserts, new dishes part of refreshed Waters," 15 Feb. 2018 This recipe serves four, but could be transformed into lettuce wraps for a vegetarian option at Super Bowl parties to serve more. Alyse Whitney, Bon Appetit, "Buffalo Cauliflower Is a Surprisingly Great Wing Substitute," 30 Jan. 2018 Or get chicken lettuce wraps with a mixture of ground chicken cooked with diced celery, jicama, crispy fried shallots and pungent hoisin sauce. Linda Bladholm, miamiherald, "This Thai family is spreading the love with a new South Miami restaurant," 24 Jan. 2018 Toss with romaine lettuce and 1 cup fresh cilantro. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Cheesy Tex-Mex Stuffed Chicken," 21 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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