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 Bedford’s wiry closures are all over the supermarket—around bags of bread, lettuce leaves, containers of coffee, potato packs—and in hardware stores holding power cords and reels of hose. Josh Zumbrun, WSJ, "U.S.-China Trade War Gets Wrapped Up in Twist-Ties," 11 Oct. 2020 Use seeds for carrots, beets, radishes, turnips and lettuce. Calvin Finch, ExpressNews.com, "Calvin Finch: How to select and best grow shade trees in your San Antonio garden," 8 Oct. 2020 Some greens, like lettuce, produce a quick crop, while others will stay productive over months when cropped. Dan Gill, NOLA.com, "Make it a tasty fall by planting your own veggie garden with root crops, garlic and greens," 30 Sep. 2020 Linda grew basil, tomatoes, peppers, squash, eggplant and lettuce, all started in the greenhouse, and also houses a lot of potted plants in the greenhouse in the winter. oregonlive, "What you need to know before adding a greenhouse to your garden," 24 Sep. 2020 Eat it on its own or wrap it up in a tortilla or lettuce leaf. Katlyn Moncada, Better Homes & Gardens, "Lightening-Quick Lunch Ideas to Ensure You Actually Take a Break," 23 Sep. 2020 The University of Illinois Extension service gave away educational materials and free lettuce seedlings. Susan Degrane, chicagotribune.com, "Flowers, fairies and purple peppers highlight Beverly group’s tour of area gardens," 16 Sep. 2020 Used to living in the country’s lettuce bowl in Monterey Bay and having his pick of fresh produce, Jones connected Utah food distributors with his regional sources. Heather May, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Log Haven celebrates 100 years of love, food and drink, and nature," 13 Sep. 2020 It’s August, which means it’s peak bacon-lettuce-tomato sandwich season. Sharyn Jackson, Star Tribune, "5 best things our food writers ate in the Twin Cities this week," 14 Aug. 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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The first known use of lettuce was in the 14th century

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19 Oct 2020

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“Lettuce.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lettuce. Accessed 28 Oct. 2020.

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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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