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[saw-sij or, esp. British, sos-ij] /ˈsɔ sɪdʒ or, esp. British, ˈsɒs ɪdʒ/
minced pork, beef, or other meats, often combined, together with various added ingredients and seasonings, usually stuffed into a prepared intestine or other casing and often made in links.
Aeronautics. a sausage-shaped observation balloon, formerly used in warfare.
late Middle English
dialectal Old French
1400-50; late Middle English sausige < dialectal Old French sausiche < Late Latin salsīcia, neuter plural of salsīcius seasoned with salt, derivative of Latin salsus salted. See sauce, -itious
Related forms
sausagelike, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for sausages
  • When the only measure that counts is the number, volume, and rate of production of sausages--degrees--there is a problem.
  • sausages, one of the oldest such foods, bring vibrant flavor to simple cooking.
  • Cut sausages into chunks and brown them in a frying pan in the remaining oil.
  • We wolfed down a breakfast of cakes, eggs, and sausages.
  • Farmers' markets increasingly feature coolers filled with sturdily shrink-wrapped cuts of meat and homemade sausages.
  • They also sell cheeses, fresh homemade sausages, and prepared foods to take away.
  • He sat in cafés, ate sausages, and drank the local teas.
  • It's been said that anyone who loves the law or sausages shouldn't watch how either is made.
  • The proton beams are fired through three-inch pipes embedded in the center of the sausages.
  • Nights are festooned with sausages, and sage is the seasoning of the month.
British Dictionary definitions for sausages


finely minced meat, esp pork or beef, mixed with fat, cereal or bread, and seasonings (sausage meat), and packed into a tube-shaped animal intestine or synthetic casing
an object shaped like a sausage
(aeronautics, informal) a captive balloon shaped like a sausage
not a sausage, nothing at all
Derived Forms
sausage-like, adjective
Word Origin
C15: from Old Norman French saussiche, from Late Latin salsīcia, from Latin salsus salted; see sauce
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Word Origin and History for sausages



mid-15c., sawsyge, from Old North French saussiche (Modern French saucisse), from Vulgar Latin *salsica "sausage," from salsicus "seasoned with salt," from Latin salsus "salted" (see sauce).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for sausages


  1. A prizefighter, esp one with a swollen and battered face (1930s+)
  2. A stupid person; meathead (1940s+)
  3. A penis

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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