let·​tuce ˈle-təs How to pronounce lettuce (audio)
: 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 Or, fans can upgrade the sandwich to a Deluxe, which includes Roma tomatoes and shredded lettuce. Sabrina Weiss, Peoplemag, 16 May 2024 Nestle your chicken salad into soft lettuce leaves (butter or Bibb lettuce) or your favorite tortillas (regular or gluten-free) and roll up. Robin Miller, The Arizona Republic, 16 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for lettuce 

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Word History


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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of lettuce was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Lettuce.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lettuce. Accessed 21 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


let·​tuce ˈlet-əs How to pronounce lettuce (audio)
: a common garden vegetable related to the daisies that has crisp juicy leaves used especially in salads

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