sauce

noun
\ˈsȯs, usually ˈsasfor 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, usually ˈsasfor 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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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

Other than the coleslaw, which was a little bland and underdressed, the sides and sauces that accompanied main dishes didn’t let the star attractions down. Providence Cicero, The Seattle Times, "Central Smoke’s Asian-accented, down-home barbecue adds fire and spice to chilly nights," 25 Oct. 2018 Reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until cranberries burst and sauce thickens, 15 to 20 minutes. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Orange-Cranberry Sauce," 24 Oct. 2018 Reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until cranberries burst and sauce thickens, 15 to 20 minutes. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Orange-Ginger Cranberry Sauce," 23 Oct. 2018 Serve with bread and Sweet-and-Spicy Sauce alongside (reserving 1/3 cup sauce for Roasted Red Cabbage-and-Collard Green Slaw). Kate Merker, Country Living, "Oven-Roasted Pulled Pork with Sweet-and-Spicy Sauce," 10 Aug. 2018 This magnetic kitchen organization rack can hold everything from sauces to paper towels. Marlen Komar, Curbed, "10 ways to make the most of a tiny kitchen," 25 July 2018 Steak & White Cheddar Panini This hoagie roll filled with beef sirloin tip, white cheddar cheese, and horseradish sauce contains 940 calories, 48 grams of fat, 79 grams of carb with 5 as fiber, and 46 grams of protein. Health.com, "The 4 Healthiest Menu Items at Panera Bread (Plus 3 Things to Avoid)," 13 July 2018 Aioli sauce is rooted in Mediterranean cuisines and made from two simple ingredients: garlic and olive oil. Claire Perez, Sun-Sentinel.com, "How to make your own aioli sauce," 13 July 2018 Also expect to see risotto with fresh herbs and tomato; shepherd's salad; and meatballs, served on a fork with spaghetti and red sauce. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Italian food, wine and opera event planned at the Milwaukee Public Market," 13 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 Anchovies and white wine can sauce a fillet of halibut. Alex Van Buren, Health.com, "The $2 Ingredient That Will Make Your Chicken Taste So Much More Flavorful," 6 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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More Definitions for sauce

sauce

noun
\ˈsȯs \

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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