sauce

noun
\ ˈsȯs How to pronounce sauce (audio) , usually ˈsas for sense 4\

Definition of sauce

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a condiment or relish for food especially : a fluid dressing or topping
2 : something that adds zest or piquancy
3 : stewed fruit eaten with other food or as a dessert
4 : pert or impudent language or actions
5 slang : liquor used with the

sauce

verb
\ ˈsȯs How to pronounce sauce (audio) , usually ˈsas for sense 3\
sauced; saucing

Definition of sauce (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to dress with relish or seasoning
b : to cover or serve with a sauce
2a archaic : to modify the harsh or unpleasant characteristics of
b : to give zest or piquancy to
3 : to be rude or impudent to

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Synonyms for sauce

Synonyms: Noun

dressing, gravy

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Examples of sauce in a Sentence

Noun

She tried several sauces before she found one she liked. chicken in a cream sauce Cover the strawberries with the chocolate sauce. This pizza needs more sauce. I've had enough of your sauce!
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Additionally, if the burger has been constructed in accordance with standard protocol, the lettuce will now be under the patty, rather than on top of it, and so will double as a drip guard to catch errant drops of sauce. Rachel Sugar, Vox, "Life hacks offer the siren song of painless self-improvement.," 5 Nov. 2018 And usually the coffee's really good too, so coffee, meat pie, and a bit of the old dead horse, a bit of tomato sauce on top. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "Luke Hemsworth Talks All Things Australia and Family Vacations With Chris and Liam," 17 Oct. 2018 An oyster shucker provided guests with treats from the sea, complete with a choice of sauces. Michaela Bechler, Vogue, "Priyanka Chopra and Kim Kardashian West Celebrate Tiffany & Co.’s Newest Collection," 10 Oct. 2018 Robyn performs, and Rachel Zoe gets a bowl of chocolate sauce dumped on her head. Elizabeth Logan, Glamour, "Every Single Episode of Gossip Girl, Ranked," 19 Sep. 2018 Striped bass wears a tiny dab of chile sauce with a sesame punch and crisp chile flakes. Dominic Armato, azcentral, "No-frills Sushi Nakano one of the best casual sushi restaurants in Phoenix," 10 July 2018 But the new BBQ Sausage Roll is very similar to a Czech klobasnek, with a criss-cross glaze of sweet barbecue sauce on top. Bud Kennedy, star-telegram, "Where to find peach dishes away from the Weatherford festival crowd," 10 July 2018 What to cook: Dip the peppers in a light tempura batter and fry, serving the simple dish alongside a bowl of ponzu sauce. Noelle Carter, latimes.com, "Tempura, salsa and more great ideas for shishito peppers, now in season," 6 July 2018 And the myriad of sauces give you so many chances for a great meal. Kathryn Gregory, The Courier-Journal, "It's National Fried Chicken Day! See our top staff picks in Louisville," 6 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Some top veggies to load up on: The Healthiest Way to Add Sauce My favorite way to sauce any kind of pasta is to buy plain jarred tomato sauce and add sautéed or simmered veggies. Jaclyn London, Ms, Rd, Cdn, Good Housekeeping, "The Healthiest Ways to Eat Pasta, According to a Nutritionist," 2 Nov. 2018 The iteration at MeMe’s is everything meatloaf ought to be but too seldom is: juicy throughout, well seasoned, tasting deeply of umami and generously sauced. Priya Krishna, WSJ, "Meatloaf Transcendent," 6 Sep. 2018 Add chopped chives to vinaigrette just prior to saucing the asparagus and scallops. Multiple Authors, House Beautiful, "The Sea Grill's Grilled Day Boat Sea Scallops," 1 May 2010 The crisp fries were sauced with a velvety white cheddar sauce, topped with crisp goetta, cheese curds and scallions. Polly Campbell, Cincinnati.com, "Clyborne Provisions and Spirits is a suburban surprise," 27 June 2018 The meat can be injected or bagged overnight with a marinade, sauced, brined, coated with a layer of dry rub or subjected to any other sort of Frankenstein experimentation. Chuck Blount, San Antonio Express-News, "Add a little more flavor to your grill with fragrant ingredients," 2 July 2018 After 1 hour wrapped, remove the foil and sauce the ribs with the BBQ sauce and dust with Dizzy Dust. 8. Fox News, "John McLemore's Independence Day cookout," 1 July 2018 El Patrón serves chips with a sweet-ish tomato-sauced salsa for diners who avoid spice, and another red salsa, in a squeeze bottle, with a respectable kick. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "El Patrón in Walker's Point is a new but familiar Mexican restaurant," 19 June 2018 That means saucing it sparingly, in the same way a French chef might dress a salad, carefully calibrating the heft and the intensity of the sauce to the noodle itself. Matt Goulding, Condé Nast Traveler, "How to Eat Like an Italian," 13 June 2018

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First Known Use of sauce

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for sauce

Noun

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin salsa, feminine of salsus salted, from past participle of sallere to salt, from sal salt — more at salt

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The first known use of sauce was in the 14th century

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sauce

noun
\ ˈsȯs How to pronounce sauce (audio) \

Kids Definition of sauce

1 : a usually thick liquid poured over or mixed with food spaghetti sauce
2 : boiled or canned fruit cranberry sauce

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