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 Their conclusion: the region could handle the specialty crops, which included berries, kale, tomatoes and lettuce. Cara Korte, CBS News, "Why some experts say the Mississippi Delta could be the "Next California"," 21 Apr. 2021 Supermarket chains said that food supplies for Christmas were already in hand, but that if the travel suspension lasted longer, there would be shortage of items such as lettuce, greens, cauliflower, broccoli and citrus. New York Times, "Concerns About Coronavirus Variant Cut Off U.K. From Europe," 21 Dec. 2020 Tiny white flowers sprout from miner’s lettuce and larger white flowers from wild cucumber on the bank opposite the river; a great blue heron and a few egrets linger at the water’s edge. Los Angeles Times, "Quiet time: 5 little-known nature preserves not far from L.A.," 16 Apr. 2021 Gardeners plant onions, potatoes, peas, beets, carrots, lettuce and radishes. Jim Gilbert, Star Tribune, "What says spring more than a sunning turtle?," 15 Apr. 2021 The end of April is the right time to plant cool-season vegetable crops like peas, cilantro, lettuce and radish. Ariel Cheung, chicagotribune.com, "Everything you need to know about gardening, lawn care and growing plants in Chicago," 3 Apr. 2021 Toss lettuce and sliced fennel with 2 tablespoons of dressing; arrange on a platter. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "Scale back with these healthful dishes," 16 Mar. 2021 Today, largely Latino field workers harvest lettuce and strawberries, earning low pay and enjoying few protections. Washington Post, "In the shadow of its exceptionalism, America fails to invest in the basics," 13 Mar. 2021 In Canada, the P.L.T. was served with lettuce and tomato, plus a slice of cheese, onions, pickles, catsup, mustard and mayo, and the Beyond patty. Micheline Maynard, Forbes, "With Chicken Under Its Belt, McDonald’s Moves On To McPlant," 26 Feb. 2021

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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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5 May 2021

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“Lettuce.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lettuce. Accessed 15 May. 2021.

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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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