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

Once seated for dinner, guests were treated to many of Chinatown’s best courses, which included lobster with curry sauce, fried rice, and (of course) Peking duck. Vogue, "The Chiu Family Brings Chinatown to the 90210," 22 Feb. 2019 Combine chili-garlic sauce, lime zest and juice, and ginger in a bowl. Taylor Murray, Country Living, "Sweet-and-Spicy Chicken With Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Asparagus," 21 Feb. 2019 Private and intimate classes offer hands-on lessons in fusing banana leaves, a Cambodian or Khmer staple, into flavorful, aromatic dishes like amok and spring rolls with palm sugar dipping sauce. Marissa Miller, Teen Vogue, "13 Dream Vacations to Add to Your Bucket List," 24 Oct. 2018 Stir in light coconut milk and fish sauce and simmer 3 minutes. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Red Curry Shrimp and Cilantro Rice," 9 Oct. 2018 The crew from the Lower East Side’s An Choi eatery are behind the space, which has already attracted a loyal following since its opening in May. Try the crispy pig tails with caramel fish sauce, or the Vietnamese pizza, made with a rice base. Amy Louise Bailey, Vogue, "The New York City Restaurants to Know This Fall," 31 Aug. 2018 The fries with Mexican seasoning that come with a side of nacho cheese dipping sauce are $1.29 for a la carte, $2.49 for Supreme and $3.49 for Bell Grande. Kelly Tyko, USA TODAY, "Fry Day is Friday! Where to score free french fries and deals," 12 July 2018 The Mexican-themed four course meal will include homemade churros with ganache dipping sauce, sangria reduction and homemade whipped cream served with dry or sweet red wine. Sheryl Devore, Lake County News-Sun, "Chef-prepared dinner pairs with homegrown Antioch wines," 3 July 2018 Laotian food is said to be similar to Thai food but spicier and bolder, featuring more fermented fish sauce. Staff, The Christian Science Monitor, "Meanwhile in ... Mongolia, women are experiencing their own #MeToo movement," 28 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The same is true of poke, which is sauced specifically to keep fish firm and good-tasting. Tamar Adler, Vogue, "Is Serving Raw Meat And Fish A Dinner Party Taboo?," 12 Apr. 2019 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

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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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