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 Even the Milwaukee County Zoo's groundhog Wynter decided to stay inside, snacking on apples and romaine lettuce, when Groundhog Day festivities were canceled. 2. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Top 10 Wisconsin weather events in last decade," 9 Jan. 2020 Two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese ... yada, yada, yada. Chuck Blount, ExpressNews.com, "Top 10 burgers in the San Antonio area from our 52 Weeks of Burgers series," 27 Dec. 2019 The fresh lettuce, cheddar and tomato jam made for good garnishes. Lindsey Mcclave, The Courier-Journal, "Rustic Louisville hotspot hits homerun with kangaroo, elk burgers that satisfy any craving," 18 Dec. 2019 Dollop sour cream over nachos and top with lettuce, pico de gallo, and guacamole. Becca Miller, Good Housekeeping, "How to Make Nachos on a Sheet Pan for a Quick and Easy Snack," 9 Dec. 2019 It's topped with smooth and creamy garlic spread and also has tomato, lettuce, pickles and mayo. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Bucharest Grill to open new location at Woodward Corners in Royal Oak," 6 Dec. 2019 Vegetables: Beets, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, collards, horseradish, lettuce, mustard, onions, peas, radicchio, radishes, spinach, Swiss chard and turnips 5. Tom Maccubbin, orlandosentinel.com, "December in the Garden," 29 Nov. 2019 The current outbreak has been linked to romaine grown in Salinas, California—the country’s other large lettuce-growing region besides Yuma. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Poopy lettuce strikes again, sickening 67 with E. coli-tainted romaine," 27 Nov. 2019 The basic Lekka Burger comes topped with ketchup, mustard, veganaise, lettuce, tomato, onion, and pickles. Devorah Lev-tov, Vogue, "Amanda Cohen Shares Her Secret to the Perfect Veggie Burger," 15 Nov. 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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The first known use of lettuce was in the 14th century

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17 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Lettuce.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lettuces. Accessed 29 January 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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