sauce

1 of 2

noun

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

2 of 2

verb

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

transitive verb

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

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!
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Somewhere between watching the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade and passing the cranberry sauce, consumers managed to spend $5.6 billion in online purchases on Turkey Day, up 5.5% from the year-ago figure, according to data from Adobe Analytics. Elizabeth Napolitano, CBS News, 24 Nov. 2023 In the final photo, Slater shared a glimpse at their Thanksgiving meal, which included some ham with stuffing and cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes and some beans with gravy. Kimberlee Speakman, Peoplemag, 24 Nov. 2023 Make flavorful sauces, flour, nut butters, and even make your own frozen yogurt. Donna Kim, Bon Appétit, 24 Nov. 2023 All leftovers should reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees; and sauces, soups, and gravies should come to a rolling boil while reheating. Korin Miller, Health, 24 Nov. 2023 Get The Recipe 26 of 30 Corn-and-Tomato Salad Create a flavor explosion with fresh summer corn and tomatoes dressed with a tangy, creamy sauce. Jenna Sims, Southern Living, 21 Nov. 2023 As its name implies, the saucier pan is ideal for making sauces but can also be used to saute vegetables or make side dishes. Michelle Love, Better Homes & Gardens, 20 Nov. 2023 The rice is teeming with the complex sourness of the pork and the lemongrass, and with the distinct pungent funk of fish sauce. Jenn Harris, Los Angeles Times, 20 Nov. 2023 Glittery, ruby red cranberry sauce is an essential part of any Thanksgiving meal. Washington Post, 17 Nov. 2023
Verb
Or, make your go-to sauce plus an exciting experiment. Aleksandra Crapanzano / Photographs By F. Martin Ramin/the Wall Street Journal, Food Styling By Kim Ramin , WSJ, 10 Nov. 2023 Get a jump on Thanksgiving menu prep or sauce up any meal with this easy turkey gravy from scratch—no drippings required. Karla Walsh, Better Homes & Gardens, 4 Oct. 2023 Whisk together all sauce ingredients until sugar dissolves. Southern Living Test Kitchen, Southern Living, 6 Sep. 2023 The rainbow trout entree arrives sauced in nouvelle cuisine squiggles of garlic-chive oil and pil pil (traditionally made by blending salt cod, garlic and olive oil) and served over rice pilaf caramelized in corn juice is magnificent. Bill Addison, Los Angeles Times, 26 Aug. 2023 The musical language in Blest Pair is similar to Elgar’s, but with textures and harmonies more richly sauced. Dallas News, 4 Mar. 2023 Sen yai is a stellar way to start a meal at Kin Sen: A slippery snarl of flat rice noodles, sauced with dark soy and capped with a golden tumble of ground pork and tofu. Stuart Melling, The Salt Lake Tribune, 15 Aug. 2023 Serve the mushrooms and sauce family-style, with lettuce leaves for scooping and stuffing and herbs and sauce for sprinkling and drizzling on the side. Washington Post, 23 Feb. 2023 Feel free to make the shrimp and sauce a day ahead of time and store in separate airtight containers in the fridge. Caron Golden, San Diego Union-Tribune, 5 July 2023 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

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

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

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Cite this Entry

“Sauce.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sauce. Accessed 29 Nov. 2023.

Kids Definition

sauce

1 of 2 noun
1
: a thick liquid that is eaten with or on food to add flavor
a tangy pasta sauce
ice cream with chocolate sauce
2
: boiled or canned fruit
cranberry sauce
3
: rude or impolite language or actions

sauce

2 of 2 verb
sauced; saucing
1
: to add sauce to : season
2
: to be rude or impudent to

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