\ 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


\ 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

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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 The basic ingredients of this sauce were hot pepper seeds and water. Richard Lederer, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Let’s celebrate the cultural richness of Cinco de Mayo," 1 May 2021 The potato base was filling and flavorful, the chicken juicy and tender, and the avocados balanced out the heat of the sauce. Nicole Hvidsten, Star Tribune, "5 best things our food writers ate in the Twin Cities this week," 23 Apr. 2021 The result is an extremely soft, supple dough reminiscent of the legendary Una Pizza Napoletana pie in texture; instead of tomato sauce, Michael tops hers with za’atar, mozzarella and fresh goat cheese. Omar Mamoon, San Francisco Chronicle, "Bay Area's next wave of pizza pop-ups has arrived. Here's where to go," 23 Apr. 2021 Consistency is key for Sbez, which helps the line stand out in a sea of sauce. Stephanie Breijo, Los Angeles Times, "The subversive little hot sauce that took on a life of its own," 21 Apr. 2021 Serve and let each diner sprinkle several drops of soy sauce onto the butter before stirring the rice., "Recipe: The Butter Rice episode in the series ‘Midnight Diner’ will make you want to try this simple Japanese dish," 20 Apr. 2021 To some, a small discount on a jar of tomato sauce may not seem significant, but for the millions of Americans that are living below the poverty line, small discounts add up quickly. Adam Met, Quartz, "It’s time to get creative with climate incentives," 20 Apr. 2021 Thankfully, someone invented rice, with which diners can mop up the last drizzles of curry sauce. CNN, "The world's 50 best foods," 13 Apr. 2021 Its Pop’s Barbecue restaurant slow-cooks and hand-pulls its meats, and even sells its own brand of sauce. Larry Bleiberg, USA TODAY, "These 10 great truck stops surprise travelers with everything from dog parks to bidets," 12 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Like a good sport, Annie agrees to try again with him before discovering he’s failed to wipe barbecue sauce off his hand before slipping it under her skirt. Washington Post, "Aidy Bryant doesn’t think ‘fat’ is a bad word. Her show ‘Shrill’ proves it.," 30 Apr. 2021 Let sauce cool for 20 minutes before tasting or using. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "5 favorite Easter brunch recipes perfect for any table," 1 Apr. 2021 Fried bolts of yuca are the correct side, in a staggering, tangy chimichurri sauce. Nick Rallo, Dallas News, "Dallas arepa restaurant owners: We’re ‘lucky’ after a wild year that began with a terrifying tornado," 31 Mar. 2021 Spoon the vegetables and sauce around the chicken and sprinkle with parsley., "Recipe: A juicy braised chicken with crispy skin is a festive Seder dish or a mid-week Passover dinner," 23 Mar. 2021 Tips come from the end pieces of the pork spare rib slabs, and these provided a masterclass in balancing a tender bite and sauce with just the right amount of char and smoke. Chuck Blount, San Antonio Express-News, "Schertz's Purple Pig BBQ excels at Midwest barbecue's rib tips and is heavy on the sauce," 19 Feb. 2021 Drain and toss with 1/2 cup Thai peanut sauce in a large bowl. Star Tribune, "Sunday Supper: Peanut Noodle and Pork Satay," 19 Feb. 2021 Short pulses are best; overblending can make this sauce thin. Rick Nelson, Star Tribune, "With a little local help, making your own pizza is a snap," 17 Feb. 2021 Spoon the onions and sauce around the chicken and sprinkle with chives. Christopher Kimball,, "Three recipes that take the guesswork out of braising chicken," 2 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of sauce


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


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

History and Etymology for sauce


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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4 May 2021

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“Sauce.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 May. 2021.

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\ 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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