Definition of lettuce in English:


Pronunciation /ˈledəs/ /ˈlɛdəs/

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  • 1A cultivated plant of the daisy family, with edible leaves that are a usual ingredient of salads. Many varieties of lettuce have been developed with a range of form, texture, and color.

    Lactuca sativa, family Compositae

    ‘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.’
    • ‘I make salad with avocados, tomato, lettuce and spring onions, with an olive oil and red wine dressing.’
    • ‘The salad garden grows colorful lettuce, basil, tarragon and trellised peas.’
    • ‘The carrots, cabbage, spinach, onions, lettuce, tomatoes and beetroot that are grown in the garden were initially used to feed 80 children once a week.’
    • ‘The Sardine salad with tomato, lettuce, cucumber and carrot mixed with olive oil and vinegar is a hit dish in the eatery.’
    • ‘By way of accompaniment, we roasted acorn squash and red peppers, sautéed red onions, and made a big salad of farmers' market lettuces and shaved fennel.’
    • ‘In a small bowl, combine the lettuce, Upland Cress, balsamic vinegar, and grapeseed oil and toss to coat.’
    • ‘Other fruits and vegetables coming through the laboratory with diseases included figs, pears, quinces, raspberries, nectarines, cherries, onions, lettuces, corn, mung beans and pumpkins.’
    • ‘Snap beans, turnips, leaf lettuce and spinach are also good candidates for fall harvest.’
    • ‘I said that because of the condiments: the mustard and mayo, the lettuce, tomato and onion.’
    • ‘The romaine lettuce didn't feel right for this salad.’
    • ‘The crops of spring onions, lettuce and Chinese cabbage were given free to guests at a formal function to celebrate the event on Friday.’
    • ‘I plant hybrid tomatoes, but grow heirloom chick peas, fava beans, lettuce, and cucumbers (to list but a few).’
    • ‘Add the lettuce and watercress and purée until smooth, about one minute.’
    • ‘In my family, when the lettuce is all gone, basil's not just an herb, it becomes our main leafy green.’
    • ‘An almost bare-bones salad of romaine lettuce has a tongue-clacking blast of fresh anchovy dressing.’
    • ‘In the vegetable garden early planting of lettuce, peas, radishes, carrots, parsley, onions and potatoes are equally important.’
    • ‘In addition romaine lettuce, arugula and spinach are valuable.’
    1. 1.1Used in names of other plants with edible green leaves, e.g., lamb's lettuce, sea lettuce.
      ‘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.’
  • 2US informal Paper money; greenbacks.

    • ‘It takes a lot of lettuce to pay today's players.’


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