- 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
- to flavor or season with a sauce
- to give flavor or relish to
- Informal to be impudent or impertinent to
- 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, 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.
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