- a liquid or soft mixture served with food to add flavor or enhance its general appeal
- a flavored syrup used as a topping, as on ice cream
- stewed or preserved fruit
- something that adds interest, zest, or flavor
- Dial. garden vegetables eaten as a side dish
- Informal, Now Chiefly Brit. impertinence; impudence
- Slang alcoholic liquor: usually with the
Origin of sauceMiddle English from Old French sause, saulse from Classical Latin salsa, salted food from salsus, past participle of salire, to salt from sal, salt
transitive verbsauced, sauc′ing
- to flavor or season with a sauce
- to give flavor or relish to
- Informal to be impudent or impertinent to
- A flavorful liquid or semisolid condiment or mixture of ingredients served as a topping or other accompaniment to food.
- Stewed fruit, usually served with other foods.
- Something that adds zest, flavor, or piquancy.
- Informal Impudent speech or behavior; impertinence or sauciness.
- Slang Alcoholic liquor.
transitive verbsauced, sauc·ing, sauc·es
- To season or flavor with sauce.
- To add piquancy or zest to.
- Informal To be impertinent or impudent to.
Origin of sauceMiddle English from Old French from Vulgar Latin salsa from Latin feminine of salsus past participle of sallere to salt ; see sal- in Indo-European roots.
- Sometimes written with a space or a dash.