What does sauce mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. sauce(verb)

    flavorful relish or dressing or topping served as an accompaniment to food

  2. sauce(verb)

    behave saucily or impudently towards

  3. sauce(verb)

    dress (food) with a relish

  4. sauce(verb)

    add zest or flavor to, make more interesting

    "sauce the roast"


  1. sauce(Noun)

    A liquid (often thickened) condiment or accompaniment to food

  2. sauce(Noun)

    cheek, impertinence

  3. sauce(Noun)

    booze, alcohol

  4. sauce(Noun)

    anabolic steroids

  5. sauce(Noun)


  6. sauce(Noun)

    A soft crayon for use in stump drawing or in shading with the stump.

  7. sauce(Noun)

    Source; a term said when requesting the source of an image.

  8. sauce(Verb)

    to add sauce to something

  9. sauce(Verb)

    to act in a cheeky manner

  10. Origin: From sauce, from salsa, noun use of the feminine of salsus, past participle of salio, from sal.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sauce(noun)

    a composition of condiments and appetizing ingredients eaten with food as a relish; especially, a dressing for meat or fish or for puddings; as, mint sauce; sweet sauce, etc

  2. Sauce(noun)

    any garden vegetables eaten with meat

  3. Sauce(noun)

    stewed or preserved fruit eaten with other food as a relish; as, apple sauce, cranberry sauce, etc

  4. Sauce(noun)

    sauciness; impertinence

  5. Sauce(verb)

    to accompany with something intended to give a higher relish; to supply with appetizing condiments; to season; to flavor

  6. Sauce(verb)

    to cause to relish anything, as if with a sauce; to tickle or gratify, as the palate; to please; to stimulate; hence, to cover, mingle, or dress, as if with sauce; to make an application to

  7. Sauce(verb)

    to make poignant; to give zest, flavor or interest to; to set off; to vary and render attractive

  8. Sauce(verb)

    to treat with bitter, pert, or tart language; to be impudent or saucy to

  9. Sauce(noun)

    a soft crayon for use in stump drawing or in shading with the stump

  10. Origin: [F.]


  1. Sauce

    In cooking, a sauce is liquid, cream or semi-solid food served on or used in preparing other foods. Sauces are not normally consumed by themselves; they add flavor, moisture, and visual appeal to another dish. Sauce is a French word taken from the Latin salsa, meaning salted. Possibly the oldest sauce recorded is garum, the fish sauce used by the Ancient Greeks. Sauces need a liquid component, but some sauces may contain more solid elements than liquid. Sauces are an essential element in cuisines all over the world. Sauces may be used for savory dishes or for desserts. They can be prepared and served cold, like mayonnaise, prepared cold but served lukewarm like pesto, or can be cooked like bechamel and served warm or again cooked and served cold like apple sauce. Some sauces are industrial inventions like Worcestershire sauce, HP sauce, or nowadays mostly bought ready-made like soy sauce or ketchup, others still are freshly prepared by the cook. Sauces for salads are called salad dressing. Sauces made by deglazing a pan are called pan sauces. A cook who specializes in making sauces is a saucier.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Sauce

    saws, n. a liquid seasoning for food, consisting of salt, &c.: fruit stewed with sugar: a relish: impudence.—v.t. to put sauce in to relish: to make poignant: to gratify the palate: to treat with bitter or pert language: to make suffer.—ns. Sauce′-alone′, a cruciferous plant with a strong garlic smell, Jack-by-the-hedge; Sauce′-boat, a vessel with a spout for holding sauce; Sauce′-box, an impudent person; Sauce′-cray′on, a soft, black pastel used for backgrounds; Sauce′pan, a pan in which sauce or any small thing is boiled; Sauce′pan-fish, the king-crab.—Poor man's sauce, hunger; Serve one with the same sauce, to requite one injury with another, to make to suffer. [Fr. sauce—L. salsa, neut. pl. of salsus, pa.p. of salīre, salsum, to salt—sal, salt.]

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British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'sauce' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4253

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'sauce' in Nouns Frequency: #2148

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  1. cause, 'cause

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of sauce in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of sauce in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of sauce in a Sentence

  1. Andrew Johnson:

    That's the secret sauce to go to scale.

  2. Kiyoko Araki:

    And soy sauce is seasoning every home needs.

  3. Thomas Tusser:

    Make hunger thy sauce, as a medicine for health.

  4. Francesco Caracciolo, on alcohol:

    In England there are sixty different religions and only one sauce.

  5. Anthony Falco:

    You want to see the sauce between the cheese, so it has some room to melt.

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