Definition of sauce noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//sɔːs//
    ; NAmE NAmE//sɔːs//
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  1. 1  [countable, uncountable] a thick liquid that is eaten with food to add flavour to it tomato/cranberry/chilli, etc. sauce chicken in a white sauce ice cream with a hot fudge sauce see also soy sauce, tartare sauce, white sauce See related entries: Sauces
  2. 2[uncountable] (old-fashioned, British English, informal) talk or behaviour that is annoying or lacking in respect synonym cheek
  3. Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French, based on Latin salsus ‘salted’, past participle of salere ‘to salt’, from sal ‘salt’. Compare with salad.Extra examples Pour the sauce over the pasta. We had lamb with mint sauce. chicken in peanut sauce chicken in white wine sauceIdioms
    what’s sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander
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    (old-fashioned, saying) what one person is allowed to do, another person must be allowed to do in a similar situation
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