\ 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 mojo sauce is straight fireworks, all garlic and citrus. Nick Rallo, Dallas News, "‘I feel closer to my roots’: Three Dallas Cuban-owned restaurants that remind fans of home," 12 Feb. 2021 Add ½ to 1 cup of water toward the end if the sauce is too thick or the mixture looks too dry. Karen Martin,, "This chili is just what you need for Super Bowl Sunday," 3 Feb. 2021 The sauce is thin and has a somewhat slick mouthfeel. Los Angeles Times, "The official frozen pizza power rankings," 27 Jan. 2021 This new tomato sauce is available only on the Detroit-style. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Pizza Hut launches Detroit-style pizza: Here's my official taste test," 26 Jan. 2021 The pasta wasn’t soggy at all, and the marinara sauce was bright red with a deep flavor. Laura Krantz,, "3 restaurants we supported this week," 26 Jan. 2021 Add water a little at a time until the sauce is just thin enough to pour. Chuck Blount,, "Recipe: Thai Peanut Wings," 25 Jan. 2021 The sauce should be creamy, add more chicken stock if needed to keep it from getting too thick. Beth Segal, cleveland, "Porotos Ganados, Moqueca Bahaina, Carapulcra and more: Stews full of comfort from South America," 14 Jan. 2021 Cheetos topped with shredded rotisserie chicken, blue cheese slaw, and hot sauce is the so-wrong-it's-right snack that's perfect for the Super Bowl. Kate Merker, Good Housekeeping, "Red Hot and Blue Chicken Snack Bag," 13 Jan. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Short pulses are best; overblending can make this sauce thin. Rick Nelson, Star Tribune, "With a little local help, making your own pizza is a snap," 17 Feb. 2021 Spoon the onions and sauce around the chicken and sprinkle with chives. Christopher Kimball,, "Three recipes that take the guesswork out of braising chicken," 2 Feb. 2021 The chicken in the Pizza Steak ($7.50 for a small) tasted more like bland filler meat, allowing the pepperoni and marinara sauce to take over. Chuck Blount,, "Malik Rose was a better NBA player than cheesesteak maker, says this critic about Malik’s Philly’s Phamous Cheesesteaks," 22 Jan. 2021 Don’t be afraid to sauce things up, Daniels advises. Lizz Schumer, Good Housekeeping, "How to Write a Love Letter, According to Experts," 29 Dec. 2020 To make jerky, Kalil marinates the python meat in mojo sauce overnight and then puts in the dehydrator for 12 to 15 hours. Chris Perkins,, "Snake and eggs for breakfast? Florida may soon encourage you to eat invasive pythons," 9 Dec. 2020 After drowning them in tangy barbecue sauce the flavor improved. Phillip Valys,, "Show us your buns: How does Culver’s stack up against McDonald’s and Wendy’s?," 10 Nov. 2020 When the crowd comes, set out the meatballs and sauce self-serve style, with sandwich rolls or pasta. Ben Fogel, Sunset Magazine, "These 20 Ground Beef Recipes Will Meat Your Every Desire," 23 Oct. 2020 From whole peeled tomatoes to diced to sauce and purees: sugar is almost always the second or third ingredient. Anita L. Arambula, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Grilled eggplant pizza gets a Moroccan touch," 7 Oct. 2020

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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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21 Feb 2021

Cite this Entry

“Sauce.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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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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