tartar sauce


tar·​tar sauce ˈtär-tər- How to pronounce tartar sauce (audio)
variants or tartare sauce
: a sauce made principally of mayonnaise and chopped pickles

Examples of tartar sauce in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web April Fools' Day:What to know about the holiday Holidays:When is Ramadan 2023? Remember Frisch's tartar sauce ice cream? Victoria Moorwood, The Enquirer, 1 Apr. 2023 Essentially, the traditional recipe for this sauce, a cousin of tartar sauce and hollandaise, goes something like this: Hard boil a few eggs. G. Daniela Galarza, Washington Post, 27 July 2023 Fried clams with a tartar sauce containing Hellmann’s mayonnaise at Little Whale in Boston. Nicole Kagan, BostonGlobe.com, 15 Aug. 2023 Frisch’s Big Boy is bringing the tartar sauce to Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG). Scott Wartman cincinnati Enquirer, The Enquirer, 9 Aug. 2023 Share a platter of spicy Diablo Shrimp with a jicama-apple slaw or Lobster Hush Puppies with chipotle tartar sauce. Katie Strasberg Rousso, Southern Living, 7 Aug. 2023 The fried fish balls came with a side of tartar sauce for dipping. Sam Burros, Peoplemag, 30 July 2023 The dish comes with mushy peas and tartar sauce to reinforce the Scottish feel. Alex Darus, cleveland, 28 July 2023 Ruby Salts from the lower Eastern Shore of Virginia are presented fried with a rousing ramp tartar sauce; roasted with cheese, garlic and the restaurant’s trademark Snake Oil, a hot sauce fueled with local fish peppers; and atop ice, brightened with Meyer lemon and chile crisp. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, 27 Jan. 2023 See More

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Word History


French sauce tartare

First Known Use

1855, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of tartar sauce was in 1855

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“Tartar sauce.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tartar%20sauce. Accessed 28 Nov. 2023.

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tartar sauce

tar·​tar sauce
variants or tartare sauce
: a sauce made chiefly of mayonnaise and chopped pickles
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