\ 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 twist, however, is the sauce — a rich, steaming hot broth twinged with tomato and a gentle chile buzz that more closely resembles a soup. Dominic Armato, azcentral, "This Chandler restaurant didn't invent the 'drowning taco,' but its version is so good," 25 Nov. 2019 Vegetarian gravy Most Thanksgiving gravy recipes call for pan drippings to flavor the sauce. oregonlive, "13 Thanksgiving gravy recipes, including ones to make-ahead, that use pan drippings," 24 Nov. 2019 Find a local bakery selling top-notch pies and rolls, order the cranberry sauce from a gourmet grocer, preorder your turkey from the local barbecue stand. Naomi Tomky, Fortune, "Upgrade Your Thanksgiving: Tips for Guests and Hosts," 23 Nov. 2019 Cook over medium heat for about 15 minutes, until the cranberries have burst and the sauce is beginning to thicken., "SUGAR COOKIES WITH ROYAL ICING," 21 Nov. 2019 Bake until the sauce is bubbling, about 10 minutes. Jess Fleming, Twin Cities, "It’s all about the sides: This Thanksgiving, make vegetables the star," 18 Nov. 2019 From its infancy, Plume has insisted that its cloud optimizer is the magic sauce that makes its little pods great. Jim Salter, Ars Technica, "How does Plume get all these ISP partnerships? Open source software," 12 Nov. 2019 Barbecue sauce is the secret ingredient that gives these nachos a little extra spice. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "BBQ Beef Nachos," 12 Nov. 2019 Sparked with mint, this berry sauce is bright and fruity, with just enough acid to complement the richness of the turkey. New York Times, "Sean Sherman’s 10 Essential Native American Recipes," 7 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 Roast them with spices for an appetizer, blend them into a bowl of hummus, drop them into a salad, stir them into chili, sauce them with curry, or add them to pasta for a shot of earthiness — and heart-healthy fiber and potassium. Jolene Thym, The Mercury News, "Taste-Off: The best garbanzos and chickpeas — and the slimiest," 23 Sep. 2019 Local photographer and man-about-town Viranlly Liemena swears by the breakfast sandwich, full of fluffy scrambled eggs and Swiss cheese and sauced with tomato jam on a flaky croissant. Chris Morocco, Bon Appétit, "A Coffee-Obsessive’s Guide to Drinking the Best Coffee in Vancouver," 7 Nov. 2019 Long feared as poisonous, tomatoes weren’t a regular ingredient in Italian sauces until the 19th century, and Neapolitans did not sauce their pastas until about the 1830s. Washington Post, "Made in America," 11 Oct. 2019 The Cheetos flavor isn’t especially pronounced, but maybe our sandwich was under-sauced? Maura Judkis, Washington Post, "KFC’s Cheetos chicken sandwich looks toxic and tastes like a missed opportunity," 17 July 2019 Other dinner highlights include a gorgeously tender octopus tentacle ($29) with crunchy suckers, a study in texture, and a Berkshire pork spare rib ($26) sauced with an Italian approximation of XO sauce. Soleil Ho,, "The Mission’s Prairie switches gears, but is it better?," 3 July 2019 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

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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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28 Nov 2019

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“Sauce.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 11 December 2019.

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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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heavy with or as if with moisture

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