Definition: Sauce

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From Middle English sauce, from Old French sause, from Vulgar Latin *salsa, noun use of the feminine of Latin salsus (salted), past participle of saliō (I salt), from sal. Doublet of salsa.


sauce (countable and uncountable, plural sauces)

  1. A liquid (often thickened) condiment or accompaniment to food.
    I ate some chicken nuggets with barbecue sauce, and then I had some apple sauce for dessert.

Derived terms

  • apple sauce, applesauce
  • barbecue sauce
  • béarnaise sauce
  • Béchamel sauce
  • Bolognese sauce
  • bread sauce
  • buffalo sauce
  • cheese sauce
  • chili sauce
  • cocktail sauce
  • dipping sauce
  • fish sauce
  • hoisin sauce
  • hollandaise sauce
  • horseradish sauce
  • hot sauce
  • meat sauce
  • mint sauce
  • oyster sauce
  • pasta sauce
  • pepper sauce
  • pizza sauce
  • pomodoro sauce
  • ranchero sauce
  • salsa sauce
  • saucepan
  • saucepot
  • soy sauce
  • spaghetti sauce
  • special sauce
  • steak sauce
  • sweet-and-sour sauce
  • Tabasco sauce
  • tartar sauce
  • tomato sauce
  • Worcestershire sauce


sauce (third-person singular simple present sauces, present participle saucing, simple past and past participle sauced)

  1. To add sauce to; to season.
  2. To cause to relish anything, as if with a sauce; to tickle or gratify, as the palate; to please; to stimulate.
  3. To make poignant; to give zest, flavour or interest to; to set off; to vary and render attractive.


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