It’s not unusual that while Love Island airs, the vocabulary of the Islanders slips into the mainstream.

From “message” to “loyal,” these words take on a whole new meaning while Love Island is on.

So when the term “sauce” was bandied around in last night’s episode (Monday, January 20th), it quickly became obvious that this was going to be one of the terms of the season.

But what does “sauce” actually mean?

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Screenshot: Love Island sauce S6 E8 – ITV Hub

Shaughna talks sauce

When giving some words of encouragement to Nas Majeed, Shaughna Phillips dropped the S-bomb for the first time in the episode.

Speaking about why Nas hadn’t been lucky in love yet, Shaughna said:

I think there might be a slight fear of rejection. You don’t trust in your own sauce and it’s wild because your sauce is *mwah*

Shaughna followed her statement with the ‘Italian chef kiss’ gesture and then a Salt Bae sprinkle.

Nas later discussed how he “had the sauce” in comparison to the other male Islanders. He even claimed that Connor Durman was more “salt and pepper” than sauce!

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What does “sauce” mean?

As always, you can rely on old faithful Urban Dictionary to help you out in the slang department.

The online dictionary describes ‘sauce’ as a noun and an adjective.

They claim:

Sauce is used to describe someone who has a style, confidence and attraction about them. Usually someone who is well-dressed, fashionable, and has an aura about them. Swagger style.

You can hear the term thrown around in tonnes of hit tracks, for example Stormzy references his “sauce” on tracks such as ‘Vossi Bop’.

Love Island: Sauce hits Casa Amor

As if we hadn’t heard enough about who’s got ‘sauce’ and who hasn’t this series, the word came up again during the Casa Amor episodes.

During episode 20, Eva and Nas were chatting when he suggested she act out the ‘sauce’ gesture.

Eva didn’t want to act out the sauce gesture while Nas said: “All you have to do is whip it up. You’ve got to trust in your sauce.”

Eva said: “I don’t trust in my sauce at the moment. Maybe I will. At the moment I’m like ‘medium’ you know.”

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