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

Definition of sauce

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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 Pair it with a homemade sauce, like honey butter or buttermilk ranch, and an ice-cold beer — BirdHouse has a stout selection from local breweries. Macy Sirmans, Travel + Leisure, "Everything You Need to See, Do, and Eat on an Arizona Road Trip," 19 May 2020 Her recipes include philly cheesesteaks, vegan mac with a cheesy cashew cream sauce and creamy spinach artichoke chicken, so there’s something for every type of foodie. Kimberly Wilson, Essence, "5 Black Chefs To Follow On Instagram For Easy DIY Meals," 18 May 2020 These bulk cans provide anywhere from 10 to 15 servings each of a wide variety of ready-to-eat meals, such as chicken teriyaki and spaghetti with meat sauce. The Editors, Field & Stream, "Three Surprising Ways to Use Freeze-dried Meals," 14 May 2020 But mostly, our dinners consisted of a three-ingredient stir fry flavoured only with soy sauce, baked fish sticks from the freezer, and a big bowl of rice. Connie Wang,, "Love In The Shape Of Cut Fruit," 4 May 2020 Included are maple bacon cinnamon rolls, fruit tray and roasted potatoes and asparagus with hollandaise sauce. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee-area restaurants are doing Mother's Day specials by takeout this year," 30 Apr. 2020 New Orleans style bread pudding with bourbon raisin sauce. Tirion Morris, azcentral, "This popular Phoenix seafood restaurant is back for a one-day pop-up. Here's how to order," 21 Apr. 2020 Fill lettuce leaves with generous spoonful of slaw, top with yogurt sauce. Beth Segal, cleveland, "Fresh food ahead: Northeast Ohio CSAs do it all for you," 21 Apr. 2020 Serve with mustard base barbecue sauce or on a King’s Hawaiian dinner role with mayonnaise and a pickle. The Editors, Outdoor Life, "10 Questions: Jason Hart On Turkey Hunting," 20 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Hard-asses at every table are saucing their coffee with Crown Royale over endless chatter about the chicken-neckers to the west. Drew Palmer, Outdoor Life, "50 Hunter Stereotypes from Every State," 15 May 2020 To sauce in large bowl, add chicken wings and toss to coat. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Grilled Chicken Wings," 1 Apr. 2020 Both brown butter and this mac and cheese sauce demand attention, but in a good way: Staring into the hypnotic stirring in your pan beats staring into another screen. Los Angeles Times, "Brown butter works magic on this easy mac and cheese," 21 Apr. 2020 Not too firm but not gelatinous either, and unlike most poke bars, the Pacific Catch version is marinated, not just sauced. Adam Skolnick, Longreads, "The Poke Paradox," 12 Feb. 2020 To make either sauce or both, in separate bowls whisk together each of the sauce ingredients. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Appetizers: 5 fast and fabulous to get the party started," 24 Dec. 2019 The desserts are still objets d’art chiseled from fruit, but the savory items currently total 10, including four sandwiches plus specials (say, a pleasant udon stir-fry with chicken or pork or vegetables sauced in gochujang) announced on an iPad. Los Angeles Times, "Review: At the best Korean restaurant outside Ktown, start with the amazing dumpling soup," 10 Oct. 2019 Kessel entered the offensive zone with speed before passing to teammate Clayton Keller, who sauced a pass back to Kessel for the score. Richard Morin, azcentral, "Arizona Coyotes move into first place in Pacific Division after beating Philadelphia Flyers," 5 Dec. 2019 Imagine, say, a quiche made with jalapeños, spinach, queso fresco and cilantro, or that vaquero cowboy steak, sauced with a wine reduction including huitlacoche, the truffle-like corn fungus., "Review: 'Mexican fusion’ falls short at family-friendly Fresca Tequila in Colchester," 5 Oct. 2019

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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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29 May 2020

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“Sauce.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Jun. 2020.

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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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