soy sauce


variants or less commonly soy or chiefly British soya sauce
: a brown, salty liquid that is made by subjecting soybeans and roasted grain (such as wheat) to long fermentation in brine and is used especially in Asian cooking and as a condiment
At its most basic, soy sauce is a fermented liquid made from soybeans and wheat. Soybeans contribute a strong, pungent taste, while wheat lends sweetness.Lisa McManuse
My most recent kick has been Chinese. For more than a year now I've been stir-frying everything in ginger and garlic and adding soy sauce.Andrew A. Rooney
see shoyu

Examples of soy sauce in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web When that cool mix of rice, fish, and some crunchy green veggie, salty with soy sauce, hits your lips, you won’t be blown away. Megan Spurrell, Condé Nast Traveler, 28 June 2024 Foods to keep Condiments, such as ketchup, mustard, jelly, jam, soy sauce and bottled marinade. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, 20 June 2024 Season to taste with the soy sauce and don’t skimp on the fresh herbs. Flow Space, 17 June 2024 In a large bowl mix soy sauce, and sugar until sugar is dissolved. Caron Golden, San Diego Union-Tribune, 15 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for soy sauce 

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Word History

First Known Use

1775, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of soy sauce was in 1775

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“Soy sauce.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

soy sauce

: a brown sauce made from soybeans and used especially in Chinese and Japanese cooking
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