Basic+ Word of the Day: sauce

sauce (noun) LISTEN

Sauce is a liquid food you put on other food, such as pasta or pizza.

  • The chef tossed the pasta with marinara sauce.
  • Maria likes her eggs with hot sauce.
  • Cheesecake tastes good with a tart strawberry sauce.

Common uses

secret sauce: a key element, that is kept secret and is responsible for the success of an organization. Example: “The company’s secret sauce is their new app.”

on the sauce: drinking alcohol. Example: “Bert didn’t go to work today. He must be on the sauce again.”

Related words

saucy: impolite or impertinent. Example: “The teacher was angry when the little girl made a saucy remark.”

In pop culture

Listen to Justin Timberlake’s song “Sauce.”

There are other meanings of sauce.
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