Pizza being ladled onto a pizza crust.
- 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
- Dialectal garden vegetables eaten as a side dish
- Informal impertinence; impudence
- ☆ Slang alcoholic liquor: usually with the
Origin of sauceMiddle English ; from Old French sause, saulse ; from Classical Latin salsa, salted food ; from plural of salsus, past participle of salire, to salt ; from sal, salt
- A flavorful seasoning or relish served as an accompaniment to food, especially a liquid dressing or topping for 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 sauced, 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.
(countable and uncountable, plural sauces)
- A liquid (often thickened) condiment or accompaniment to food.
- apple sauce; mint sauce
- (UK, Australia) tomato sauce (similar to US tomato ketchup), as in:
- [meat] pie and [tomato] sauce
- (slang, usually "the") Alcohol, booze.
- Maybe you should lay off the sauce.
- (bodybuilding) Anabolic steroids.
- (art) A soft crayon for use in stump drawing or in shading with the stump.
- (Internet slang) Alternative form of source; used when requesting the source of an image.
- (dated) cheek; impertinence; backtalk; sass.
- 1882, George W. Peck, “Unscrewing the Top of a Fruit Jar”, in Peck's Sunshine:
- and all would be well only for a remark of a little boy who, when asked if he will have some more of the sauce, says he "don't want no strawberries pickled in kerosene."
(third-person singular simple present sauces, present participle saucing, simple past and past participle sauced)
- To add sauce to; to season.
- To cause to relish anything, as if with a sauce; to tickle or gratify, as the palate; to please; to stimulate.
- To make poignant; to give zest, flavour or interest to; to set off; to vary and render attractive.
- (colloquial) To treat with bitter, pert, or tart language; to be impudent or saucy to.