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
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    • 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.
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    • 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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