Definition of sausage in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈsôsij/


1A cylindrical length of minced and seasoned pork, beef, or other meat encased in a skin, typically sold raw to be grilled, boiled, or fried before eating.
Example sentences
  • Though our story is about poultry, it could just as easily be about the pork chop, sausages, or salami sticks in your shopping basket.
  • In medieval Europe pork was certainly the meat most used in sausages, and pepper was the most common spice.
  • This simple pasta dish combines pork sausages with fresh fennel bulbs in a soft, subtly anise-flavoured sauce for spaghetti.
1.1Minced and seasoned meat that has been encased in a skin and cooked or preserved, sold mainly to be eaten cold in slices: smoked German sausage
More example sentences
  • The buffet is packed with stuff like sirloin, pork, shrimp, calamari, chicken, andouille and smoked sausage, as well as hamburger and hot dogs.
  • Pigs are usually slaughtered before Christmas, smoked, made into sausage, and preserved for use throughout the year.
  • Try salty, spicy or smoked meats, such as ham, sausage, cold cuts or wieners.
1.2 [usually as modifier] Used in references to the characteristic cylindrical shape of sausages: mold into a sausage shape
More example sentences
  • He saw the soldiers and the land-girls, the silver sausage shapes of the barrage balloons in the sky, the occasional flight of marauder or defender aeroplanes droning aloft.
  • Form into sausage shapes and use to fill the courgettes.
  • Wet your hands well with cold water, and form the mixture into small, flattened sausage shapes about 8cm long.


Late Middle English: from Old Northern French saussiche, from medieval Latin salsicia, from Latin salsus 'salted' (see sauce).

  • sauce from Middle English:

    This is another word that goes back to Latin sal salt, along with sausage (Late Middle English), and salsa (mid 19th century), which is simply the Spanish word for ‘sauce’. The Latin American dance the salsa (late 20th century) is so named because it is ‘saucy’. The expression what's sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander implies that both sexes should be able to behave in the same way. John Ray, who recorded the saying in his English Proverbs of 1670, remarked that ‘This is a woman's Proverb’. Cups now sit on saucers, but in the Middle Ages a saucer was used for holding condiments or sauces, and was usually made of metal. The description saucy originally simply meant ‘savoury, flavoured with a sauce’. In the early 16th century it began to refer to people and behaviour, meaning at first ‘impudent, presumptuous’, mellowing into ‘cheeky’, then taking on suggestive overtones.

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Syllabification: sau·sage

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