Definition of lettuce in English:


Line breaks: let|tuce
Pronunciation: /ˈlɛtɪs


1A cultivated plant of the daisy family, with edible leaves that are eaten in salads.
  • Lactuca sativa, family Compositae
More example sentences
  • Verlaine's chine was stuffed with leeks, spring onions, lettuce, raspberry leaves, parsley, thyme and marjoram.
  • At home we grow sweetcorn, beans, tomatoes, carrots, lettuce, garlic and leeks.
  • In the vegetable garden, carrots, spring onions, lettuce, spinach and radishes can all be planted.
1.1Used in names of other plants with edible green leaves, e.g. lamb’s lettuce, sea lettuce.
More example sentences
  • It came with a sauce Gribiche (a thick egg mayo type version of the caper sauce) and a salad of tender lambs' lettuce with a subtle but still distinctively walnut oil vinaigrette.
  • I particularly liked the leaves of baby jem lettuce, the oven-roasted tomatoes and the black and green olives.
  • An average dinner in our house is fish or baked chicken with lambs lettuce.


Middle English: from Old French letues, laitues, plural of laitue, from Latin lactuca, from lac, lact- 'milk' (because of its milky juice).

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