sauce

noun
\ 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

sauce

verb
\ 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

dressing, gravy

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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

Our most popular breakfast items include our Avocado Toast, which has fresh avocado, radish, poached eggs, pickled onions and is over eight-grain bread and mixed greens served with our house chimichurri sauce. Jennifer Rude Klett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin 'breakfast clubs' are like supper clubs, but with pancakes and hash browns instead of steak and relish trays," 30 Aug. 2019 Free up much needed stove space and make your cranberry sauce in your Instant Pot instead! The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Orange-Apricot Cranberry Sauce," 28 Aug. 2019 Try any and all of their housemade sauces, especially the Surfin’ Whiskey. Verna Gates, al.com, "The Alabama barbecue road trip you must take this summer," 5 June 2019 The secret to their amazing barbecue is their sauce. Monique Valeris, ELLE Decor, "Designer Bobby Berk Dishes on Queer Eye's New Season," 15 Mar. 2019 First, Mallmann's chefs hung a rib eye slathered in chimichurri sauce. CBS News, "The Dish: Open fire cooking icon Francis Mallmann," 31 Aug. 2019 Pasta dishes are frequently tweaked, in ways both subtle and not: Lobster bucatini comes in a rich brown-butter lobster sauce with basil and chile, deeply layered with umami. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, "A first visit to chef Tiffani Faison’s Orfano," 29 Aug. 2019 Black bass rests in a sauce flavored with saffron and fennel that conjures bouillabaisse; its smoothness summons a textbook bistro bisque. Los Angeles Times, "Review: At Bon Temps in Downtown L.A., the brilliant desserts are only the beginning," 29 Aug. 2019 My great-grandmother Agatha brought them to family gatherings, smothered in a sweet-and-sour tomato sauce with raisins. Cathy Barrow, The Denver Post, "The good old cabbage roll turns over a new leaf," 26 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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, SFChronicle.com, "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 The crisp fries were sauced with a velvety white cheddar sauce, topped with crisp goetta, cheese curds and scallions. Polly Campbell, Cincinnati.com, "Clyborne Provisions and Spirits is a suburban surprise," 27 June 2018 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

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First Known Use of sauce

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for sauce

Noun

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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sauce

noun
\ 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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