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.
Recent Examples on the Web Lamping went to play a few rounds of video slots in the back of the restaurant before dinner while Sutton dug into the salsa and slaw. Bernice Yeung, ProPublica, 29 Oct. 2021 The Olympian helped to plug Lin-Manuel Miranda's new Encanto and got to dance the salsa to one of the movie's bouncy tunes. Lynette Rice,, 12 Oct. 2021 Olivia Jade Giannulli, who was teamed up with pro Val Chmerkovskiy, performed the salsa as her first dance of the season. Gabrielle Duncan,, 20 Sep. 2021 For the salsa: Combine all the ingredients in a medium bowl; season lightly with salt and pepper; set aside. Kim Sunée, Anchorage Daily News, 16 Sep. 2021 All other ingredients in the salsa remained the same across the two batches. Abigail Rosenthal, Chron, 2 Sep. 2021 Traditionally, people grind them up in a molcajete with aromatics, avocado leaf and chiles, then use the salsa as a garnish or filling for other foods. Soleil Ho, San Francisco Chronicle, 23 Aug. 2021 But the roof fared well, and everything at the site has been well maintained, including the garden where tomatoes, oregano and other vegetables and spices are grown to make salsa, using historical recipes. Scott Huddleston, San Antonio Express-News, 25 June 2021 When Maharba Zapata was just getting started and making salsa out of her Magna home to support her seven children, her now-husband suggested that Zapata name her business Salsa Queen. Becky Jacobs, The Salt Lake Tribune, 19 May 2021

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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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The first known use of salsa was circa 1962

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“Salsa.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2021.

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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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