From Middle English sauce, from Old French sauce, sause, sausse, salse, from Vulgar Latin *salsa, noun use of the feminine of Latin salsus (“salted”), past participle of saliō (“I salt”), from sal. Doublet of salsa.
- (US) IPA(key): /sɔs/, /sɑs/
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- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /sɔːs/
- Rhymes: -ɔːs, -ɑːs (depending on dialect)
- Homophone: source (in some non-rhotic accents)
- A liquid (often thickened) condiment or accompaniment to food.
- apple sauce; mint sauce
- (Britain, Australia, India) tomato sauce (similar to US tomato ketchup), as in:
- [meat] pie and [tomato] sauce
- (slang, usually “the”) Alcohol, booze.
- 1960, P[elham] G[renville] Wodehouse, chapter XVII, in Jeeves in the Offing, London: Herbert Jenkins, OCLC 1227855:
- [...] she was thinking of her first husband, who was a heel to end all heels and a constant pain in the neck to her till one night he most fortunately walked into the River Thames while under the influence of the sauce and didn't come up for days.
- 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 , often used when requesting the source of an image or other posted material.
- 2018 July 20, Matthew Hughes, “Google’s latest AI experiment makes GIFs by watching you move”, in The Next Web:
- (dated) Cheek; impertinence; backtalk; sass.
- 1967, Sleigh, Barbara, Jessamy, 1993 edition, Sevenoaks, Kent: Bloomsbury, →ISBN, page 28:
- ‘I’ll have none of your sauce, young Jessamy. Just because you’ve been took up by the family you’ve no call to give yourself airs. You’re only the housekeeper’s niece, and cook-housekeeper at that, and don’t you forget it. You know full well I’m parlour maid, Matchett to the gentry, Miss Matchett to you – you little —!’ Jessamy broke in anxiously. ‘But I didn’t mean it for sauce, really I didn’t:’
- (US, obsolete slang, 1800s) Vegetables.
- (obsolete, Britain, US, dialect) Any garden vegetables eaten with meat.
- Roots, herbs, vine fruits, and salad flowers […] they dish up various ways, and find them very delicious sauce to their meats, both roasted and boiled, fresh and salt.
- 1830, Joseph Plumb Martin, A Narrative of Some of the Adventures, Dangers and Sufferings of a Revolutionary Soldier, Ch. VIII:
- The first night of our expedition, we boiled our meat; and I asked the landlady for a little sauce, she told me to go to the garden and take as much cabbage as I pleased, and that, boiled with the meat, was all we could eat.
- apple sauce, applesauce, apple-sauce
- barbecue sauce
- béarnaise sauce
- béchamel sauce
- Bordelaise sauce
- brown sauce
- fair suck of the sauce bottle
- fish sauce
- hoisin sauce
- hollandaise sauce
- hot sauce
- hunger is a good sauce
- hunger is the best sauce
- marchand de vin sauce
- Marie Rose sauce
- mint sauce
- mother sauce
- oyster sauce
- pasta sauce
- ranchero sauce
- 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.
- Earth, yield me roots; / Who seeks for better of thee, sauce his palate / With thy most operant poison!
- To make poignant; to give zest, flavour or interest to; to set off; to vary and render attractive.
- Sir Philip Sidney
- Then fell she to sauce her desires with threatenings.
- Sir Philip Sidney
- (colloquial) To treat with bitter, pert, or tart language; to be impudent or saucy to.
- I'll sauce her with bitter words.
sauce f (plural sauces)
- Danish: sovs
- Dutch: saus
- German: Soße
- Greek: σως (sos)
- Hungarian: szósz
- Interlingua: sauce
- Norwegian: saus
- “sauce” in le Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).
- sauce (condiment)
- willow (tree)
sauce m (plural sauces)
- Sauce is a false friend, and does not mean the same as the English word sauce. Spanish equivalents are shown above, in the "Translations" section of the English entry sauce.