sal·​sa | \ ˈsȯl-sə How to pronounce salsa (audio) , ˈsäl-\

Definition of salsa

1 : a usually spicy sauce of chopped tomatoes, onions, and peppers that is commonly served with Mexican food also : a similar sauce made with a main ingredient other than tomatoes peach salsa
2 : popular music of Latin American origin that has absorbed characteristics of rhythm and blues, jazz, and rock

Examples of salsa in a Sentence

The band was playing salsa. We're taking classes in salsa.

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Photo: Alicia Vera for The Wall Street Journal In Mexico, salsa is the staple seasoning on the breakfast, lunch and dinner table. Eleanore Park, WSJ, "The Art of Eating Simply," 21 Feb. 2019 But first, read up on the most common mistakes people make for DIY salsa. Rochelle Bilow, Bon Appetit, "How to Make Fresh, Homemade Salsa & Common Mistakes to Avoid," 22 May 2018 Several thousand children across Los Angeles County learn to swing and salsa, tango, foxtrot and merengue over the course of a 10-week program. Esmeralda Bermudez,, "These fifth-graders start out dance-shy, but then they start to shimmy," 26 May 2018 But many in this city of dusty desert winds and blistering salsa, bristle at the prospect of their home becoming a border wall poster child. Will Weissert, The Seattle Times, "El Paso bristles at Trump’s claim that wall made city safe," 11 Feb. 2019 Mirai Nagasu, Olympic figure skater Dancing the salsa, score: 23 Wow. The Washington Post,, "'Dancing with the Stars' recap: Adam Rippon is stunning, Tonya Harding on the brink of elimination," 1 May 2018 Pound tomatoes and chile together until salsa is chunky. Allegra Ben-amotz, WSJ, "This Ingredient Lights Up a Dish Like No Other," 18 Dec. 2018 After being discovered in a salsa dance class, Branker, then 51, was signed and off to a flying start, appearing in a Miu Miu campaign shot by Steven Meisel. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "Girl Crush Alert: Meet Five of the Beauties Tommy Ton Cast for His Womenswear Debut at Deveaux," 11 Sep. 2018 Nothing beats serving this salsa still warm and freshly blended. Bon Appetit, "Charred Tomato Salsa," 28 May 2018

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First Known Use of salsa

circa 1962, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for salsa

Spanish, literally, sauce, from Latin, feminine of salsus salted — more at sauce

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English Language Learners Definition of salsa

: a spicy sauce made with tomatoes, onions, and hot peppers that is commonly served with Mexican food
: a type of popular Latin-American music
: dancing that is done to salsa music


sal·​sa | \ ˈsȯl-sə How to pronounce salsa (audio) , ˈsäl-\

Kids Definition of salsa

1 : a spicy sauce of tomatoes, onions, and hot peppers
2 : popular music of Latin American origin with characteristics of jazz and rock

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