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.
Origin and Etymology of salsa
Spanish, literally, sauce, from Latin, feminine of salsus salted — more at sauce
First Known Use: circa 1962
SALSA Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of salsa for English Language Learners
: 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
SALSA Defined for Kids
Definition of salsa for Students
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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