verb (used with object), sauced, sauc·ing.

Origin of sauce

1300–50; Middle English < Middle French < Late Latin salsa, noun use of feminine of Latin salsus salted, past participle of sallere to salt, derivative of sāl salt1
Related formssauce·less, adjectiveo·ver·sauce, verb (used with object), o·ver·sauced, o·ver·sauc·ing.
Can be confusedsauce source Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for sauce

flavoring, gravy, relish, dressing, topping, dip, coulis, jus

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British Dictionary definitions for sauce



any liquid or semiliquid preparation eaten with food to enhance its flavour
anything that adds piquancy
US and Canadian stewed fruit
US dialect vegetables eaten with meat
informal impudent language or behaviour

verb (tr)

to prepare (food) with sauce
to add zest to
to make agreeable or less severe
informal to be saucy to
Derived Formssauceless, adjective

Word Origin for sauce

C14: via Old French from Latin salsus salted, from salīre to sprinkle with salt, from sal salt
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Word Origin and History for sauce

mid-14c., from Old French sauce, sausse, from Latin salsa "things salted, salt food," noun use of fem. singular or neuter plural of adjective salsus "salted," from past participle of Old Latin sallere "to salt," from sal (genitive salis) "salt" (see salt (n.)).

Meaning "something which adds piquancy to words or actions" is recorded from c.1500; sense of "impertinence" first recorded 1835 (see saucy, and cf. sass). Slang meaning "liquor" first attested 1940.


mid-15c., "to season," from sauce (n.). From 1862 as "to speak impertinently." Related: Sauced; saucing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with sauce


In addition to the idiom beginning with sauce

  • sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander, what's

also see:

  • hit the bottle (sauce)
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