[ saws ]
/ sɔs /


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 forms

sauce·less, adjectiveo·ver·sauce, verb (used with object), o·ver·sauced, o·ver·sauc·ing.

Can be confused

sauce source Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for sauce

British Dictionary definitions for sauce


/ (sɔːs) /


verb (tr)

Derived Forms

sauceless, 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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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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