[frangk-fer-ter] ,
Also, frankfort, frankforter, frankfurt.

1890–95, Americanism; < German: Frankfort sausage; see -er1 Unabridged


Felix, 1882–1965, U.S. jurist, born in Austria: associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court 1939–62. Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
frankfurter (ˈfræŋkˌfɜːtə)
a light brown smoked sausage, made of finely minced pork or beef, often served in a bread roll
[C20: short for German Frankfurter Wurst sausage from Frankfurt (am Main)]

Frankfurter (ˈfræŋkˌfɜːtə)
an inhabitant or native of Frankfurt

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Word Origin & History

1894, Amer.Eng., from Ger. Frankfurter "of Frankfurt," because a sausage somewhat like a U.S. hot dog was originally made in Germany, where it was associated with the city of Frankfurt am Main (lit. "ford of the Franks on the River Main"). Attested from 1877 as Frankfort sausage. Shortened form frank
first attested 1936.
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Encyclopedia Britannica


highly seasoned sausage, traditionally of mixed pork and beef. Frankfurters are named for Frankfurt am Main, Ger., the city of their origin, where they were sold and eaten at beer gardens.

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Example sentences
The hot dog basics are here, starting with the beef frankfurter.
It was the second time in our conversation that he mentioned this apocryphal frankfurter stand.
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