sauce Definition

  • 1a thick liquid served with food, usually to add flavor or moisture
  • 2impertinence; impudence

Using sauce: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "sauce" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    I like to put hot sauce on my pizza.

  • Example

    The pasta was served with a tomato-based sauce.

  • Example

    She gave him some sauce for his rude comment.

  • Example

    The chef prepared a special sauce for the dish.

sauce Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for sauce

Idioms Using sauce

  • what is good for one person is good for another


    If he can take a day off work, then I should be able to as well. Sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander.

  • add insult to injury

    to make a bad situation worse


    She not only criticized his work, but also added insult to injury by calling him incompetent.

  • to take on more responsibility than one can handle


    He thought he could finish the project in a week, but he bit off more than he could chew.

Phrases with sauce

  • a sweetened puree made from cooked apples


    The pork chops were served with a side of apple sauce.

  • a deep cooking pan with a handle and a lid, used for cooking sauces and other liquids


    She heated the milk in a saucepan before adding it to the recipe.

  • a small, boat-shaped container used for serving sauces


    The gravy was served in a sauce boat on the table.

Origins of sauce

from Old French 'sausse', meaning 'relish'


Summary: sauce in Brief

The term 'sauce' [sɔːs] refers to a thick liquid served with food to add flavor or moisture, such as hot sauce on pizza or a tomato-based sauce on pasta. It can also mean impertinence or impudence, as in 'She gave him some sauce for his rude comment.' Phrases like 'apple sauce' and 'saucepan' denote specific types of sauce-related items, while idioms like 'sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander' mean what is good for one person is good for another.

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