\ 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

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!
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun To test each device's stain-fighting capabilities, a pre-measured soy sauce stain was allowed to completely dry before each vacuum mop was passed over the stain using an equal amount of strokes. Jodhaira Rodriguez, Good Housekeeping, 12 May 2022 Either sauce can be used on chicken, in salads, in a stir-fry, or even mixed with other condiments. Kylee Mcguigan, Popular Mechanics, 12 May 2022 Whisk in 1/4 cup of the reserved lemon juice, followed by the butter until a smooth sauce forms, about 2 minutes. G. Daniela Galarza, Washington Post, 12 May 2022 The space, formerly home to Guamanian favorite Biba Chamoru, now serves 8-inch square pies that are Detroit-ish in their crispy edges, if not in their sauce application. oregonlive, 12 May 2022 Brewery debuted this sandwich with kielbasa topped with fried pierogis, American cheese, grilled onions and horseradish sauce, served with chips. cleveland, 11 May 2022 Almost every grocery store should have salted caramel sauce. Alysha Witwicki, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 9 May 2022 Citrus trees are everywhere, and Belizeans like to pull the fruit from the tree before it’s ripe, slice it, and eat it with salt, pepper, lime, and Marie Sharp’s pepper sauce. Graham Averill, Outside Online, 7 May 2022 Get creative with corn toppings and seasonings, like pesto, bacon, and buffalo sauce. Elizabeth Berry, Woman's Day, 6 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Add chipotle chile and sauce and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 2 May 2022 The pizza’s layering is the key: crust, meat, cheese then sauce on top. oregonlive, 22 Apr. 2022 Wolfgang’s mouth is red at the corners, sauce on his bare chest; his little face blurs, turns to blocks, stops, then refocuses itself on the screen. New York Times, 29 Mar. 2022 Serve chicken, vegetables and sauce with rice and/or tortillas. Kitty Greenwald, WSJ, 27 Jan. 2022 Make that jam or soap or spaghetti sauce and sell it at a booth at a farmer’s market. Phil Blair, San Diego Union-Tribune, 24 Jan. 2022 The fish sauce combines with the tomato paste to make the chili’s flavor rounder and richer and a little more pungent. Kate Krader, Fortune, 15 Jan. 2022 That dough is then piled with cheese and other toppings, but not sauce, and baked to a fluffy chew with oodles of crisp edges. Paul Stephen, San Antonio Express-News, 10 Jan. 2022 Executive Chef Kevin McGinley will also offer Short Rib with black truffle pomme purèe, confit King Trumpet mushrooms and sauce diablè, and grilled cauliflower. Tanya Akim, Forbes, 27 Dec. 2021 See More

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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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“Sauce.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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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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