\ 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 Combine with peanut butter and roll out Remove the sauce pan from heat. Daniel Wolfe, Quartzy, "Here’s what to do with your leftover candy corn," 30 Oct. 2019 Roast until Brussels sprouts begin to brown, 12 to 15 minutes. Melt butter in a small sauce-pan over medium heat. Sunny Jin, Country Living, "Brussels Sprouts with Pickled Shallots and Hazelnuts," 29 Oct. 2019 After opening upscale hotel restaurants in Hartford and New Haven over the past 18 months, Tyler Anderson is switching gears, opening Square Peg Pizzeria in Glastonbury — a pizza joint with red-sauce Italian dishes and arcade games. Mikala Kane,, "Good news this week: A Hartford woman avoids deportation, teens fight to end period stigma and Travelers employees plant trees in a Hartford park," 18 Oct. 2019 Also dipped fries into the little stainless steel sauce cup containing the rapidly diminishing aioli supply. Matt Wake |, al, "A local meatless burger even devout carnivores will like," 15 Oct. 2019 In contrast, last year, many pumpkins rotted on the vine with historic rainfall. The bounty is showing up in everything from pasta sauce to soup to curry to cake. Christina Tkacik,, "11 pumpkin foods to eat in the Baltimore area right now," 15 Oct. 2019 Conversely, don’t make the whole sauce recipe and add salt at the end. Katie Workman, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Stop fiddling with the food! And other mistakes cooks make," 8 Oct. 2019 Get in on the sauce options such as Tupelo Honey Heat or KC Classic., "2019 Orlando Sentinel Best Bets: Dining & Restaurants winners," 5 Oct. 2019 Fiorentino doesn’t offer pasta with vegan zucchini sauce pasta on his regular menu. Claire Perez,, "By special request, Marcello’s swoon-worthy vegan zucchini sauce," 27 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 The iteration at MeMe’s is everything meatloaf ought to be but too seldom is: juicy throughout, well seasoned, tasting deeply of umami and generously sauced. Priya Krishna, WSJ, "Meatloaf Transcendent," 6 Sep. 2018 Add chopped chives to vinaigrette just prior to saucing the asparagus and scallops. Multiple Authors, House Beautiful, "The Sea Grill's Grilled Day Boat Sea Scallops," 1 May 2010

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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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14 Nov 2019

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“Sauce.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 22 November 2019.

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More Definitions for sauce


\ 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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