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

This is Another Place’s take on an Italian sub of sorts, with salami and ham layered with provolone cheese, thinly sliced onion and crunchy shredded lettuce. Lindsey Mcclave, The Courier-Journal, "This 50-year-old lunch spot is the best place to grab a sandwich in downtown Louisville," 7 Aug. 2019 The hardwood grill’s distinctive smoky mesquite and apple wood flavor is found in the romaine lettuce salad, meats, chicken, fish and my favorite – the asparagus. Gerry Frank, oregonlive.com, "2 suburban Portland restaurants to add to your dining-out list: Gerry Frank’s picks," 4 Aug. 2019 Serve burgers on lettuce wraps, topped with sriracha mayonnaise, carrot, bean sprouts, and radishes. Washington Post, "You won’t miss the meat in these rice and edamame burgers," 24 June 2019 New York-New York: Chin Chin What's on the menu: Gluten-free orange chicken, General Tso’s Chicken, shrimp with snow peas, spicy beef and tomato, Chin Chin’s signature Chinese chicken salad, chicken lettuce wraps and sushi rolls. Melissa Yeager, azcentral, "Best Las Vegas buffets: 22 all-you-can-eat restaurants on the Strip," 7 June 2019 Green ceviche, lettuce wraps with chorizo and the inevitable guacamole are also served, most of them on little wooden boards and in stone bowls. Florence Fabricant, New York Times, "An Outdoor Outpost of Tulum, in Hudson Square," 3 July 2018 Alexandra ordered a burger in a lettuce wrap, no bun. Mark Arsenault, BostonGlobe.com, "Secrets of a Lost Girl," 24 June 2018 In 2015 the crew of the ISS became the first to consume food grown in space: red romaine lettuce. Sarah-grace Mankarious, CNN, "Floating food: The history of eating in space," 19 July 2019 One sandwich has bacon, turkey, lettuce and imported caciocavallo cheese. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Comic-Con 2019: Top 10 cheap eats at Comic-Con this week," 17 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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