- sawce (obsolete)
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.
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /sɔːs/
- (General American) IPA(key): /sɔs/, /sɑs/
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- Rhymes: -ɔːs, -ɑːs (depending on dialect)
- Homophone: source (in non-rhotic accents with the horse-hoarse merger)
- A liquid (often thickened) condiment or accompaniment to food.
- 2015 October 27, Matt Preston, The Simple Secrets to Cooking Everything Better, Plum, →ISBN, page 192:
- You could just use ordinary shop-bought kecap manis to marinade the meat, but making your own is easy, has a far more elegant fragrance and is, above all, such a great brag! Flavouring kecap manis is an intensely personal thing, so try this version now and next time cook the sauce down with crushed, split lemongrass and a shredded lime leaf.
- 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.
- (dated) Cheek; impertinence; backtalk; sass.
- (US, obsolete slang, 1800s) Vegetables.
- (obsolete, Britain, US, dialect) Any garden vegetables eaten with meat.
- 1705, Robert Beverley, The History of Virginia
- 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.
- 1705, Robert Beverley, The History of Virginia
- 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
- soy sauce, soya sauce
- special sauce
- steak sauce
- sweet-and-sour sauce
- Tabasco sauce
- tartare sauce, tartar sauce
- tomato sauce
- what's sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander
- white sauce
- Worcester sauce
- Worcestershire 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.
- c. 1605–1608, William Shakespeare, “The Life of Tymon of Athens”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act IV, scene iii]:
- 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.
- (colloquial) To treat with bitter, pert, or tart language; to be impudent or saucy to.
- c. 1598–1600, William Shakespeare, “As You Like It”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act III, scene v]:
- I'll sauce her with bitter words.
sauce f (plural sauces)
- Danish: sovs
- Dutch: saus
- German: Soße
- Greek: σως (sos)
- Hungarian: szósz
- Interlingua: sauce
- Malagasy: lasosy
- Norwegian Bokmål: saus
- “sauce” in Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).
sauce (plural sauces)
- A sauce or gravy; a liquid condiment.
- A solution or broth used for pickling or preserving.
- A liquid medicine; sauce as a pharmaceutical.
- Alternative form of
- sauce (condiment)
- willow (tree)
From Old Spanish salze, from Latin salicem (compare Catalan salze, Italian salice, Romanian salcie), singular accusative of salix (“willow”), from Proto-Indo-European *saləḱ-, *salək- (“willow”). Doublet of sarga.
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.