\ ˈsȯs , 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 , 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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Examples of sauce in a Sentence


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 sauce for the ribs is from a 50-year-old family recipe. Donald Liebenson,, "Guide to outdoor dining in Chicago suburbs: Beelow's NorthShore in Highland Park," 11 July 2018 The sauce is just a bit of orange juice heated with sugar or honey, cinnamon and orange blossom water. Daniel Neman, sacbee, "Artistry, flavor blends are marks of Moroccan," 10 July 2018 And no sauce is necessary on anything at Pinkerton’s. Andy Staples,, "The Chaos and Consequences of the BCS, 20 Years After Its Inaugural Season," 9 July 2018 The sauce here is good enough to eat like a soup, fortified with balsamic vinegar and onions. Mike Sutter, San Antonio Express-News, "52 Weeks of BBQ: Texas Pride Barbecue," 29 June 2018 Curry's sauce is stewed for 55 minutes and marinated for 5.5 hours. Paul Takahashi, Houston Chronicle, "Japanese curry franchise to open first Houston restaurant," 26 June 2018 Lower the heat and simmer for 10 minutes, or until the sauce is flavorful. Sheryl Julian,, "Recipe: Toss spicy Italian puttanesca with shrimp and angel hair in this sublime summer dish," 18 June 2018 Judges' reaction: The judges praised Castro for his tasty pork secreto, but ultimately decided the chimichurri sauce was too overpowering and took away from the dish overall. Becca Smouse, azcentral, "Tempe, Scottsdale chefs fall to pressures of Food Network's chopping block," 13 June 2018 Continue to cook over medium-low heat, stirring regularly, until the sauce is thick enough to coat the back of a wooden spoon, about 10 minutes. Noelle Carter,, "Cooking for comfort? Anthony Bourdain's rich lasagna Bolognese is one of our favorites," 8 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 That means saucing it sparingly, in the same way a French chef might dress a salad, carefully calibrating the heft and the intensity of the sauce to the noodle itself. Matt Goulding, Condé Nast Traveler, "How to Eat Like an Italian," 13 June 2018 Anchovies and white wine can sauce a fillet of halibut. Alex Van Buren,, "The $2 Ingredient That Will Make Your Chicken Taste So Much More Flavorful," 6 June 2018 Sides: The brisket was just as good chopped, sauced and dropped over gooey cavatappi mac and cheese. Mike Sutter, San Antonio Express-News, "52 Weeks of BBQ: Smoke Shack," 4 May 2018 Although the flavor was was on point, the texture was a bit off: wet, sticky, and gummy in a gelatinous way that was only slightly masked with sauced. Elizabeth Buxton,, "6 Things You Need To Know About Trader Joe's New Cauliflower Gnocchi," 2 May 2018 My team was determined to have me try Spam Musubi, a sushi-style way of enjoying Spam where the meat is crisped, spiced or sauced and then placed between sticky rice and crispy nori. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Just Back From...Maui, Hawaii," 20 June 2017

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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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\ ˈsȯs \

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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