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- 1 English
- 2 French
- 3 Old French
- 4 Spanish
- (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
- (UK, Australia) tomato sauce (similar to US tomato ketchup), as in:
- [meat] pie and [tomato] sauce
- (slang, usually "the") Alcohol, booze.
1960, P. G. Wodehouse, Jeeves in the Offing, chapter XVII:
- [...] 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 source; used when requesting the source of an image.
- (dated) Cheek; impertinence; backtalk; sass.
1967, Barbara Sleigh, Jessamy, edition 1993, Sevenoaks, Kent: Bloomsbury, ISBN 0 340 19547 9, 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 forgrt 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, UK, 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.
- 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)
- "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. The Spanish word for sauce is salsa.