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[suh-lah-mee] /səˈlɑ mi/
a kind of sausage, originally Italian, often flavored with garlic.
Origin of salami
1850-55; < Italian, plural of salame < Vulgar Latin *salāmen, equivalent to *salā(re) to salt + Latin -men noun suffix; see sal Unabridged
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  • We supplemented our menu with excellent store-bought goodies, from smoked salmon and salami to cheeses and chocolates.
  • The device rests on a tabletop and is housed in a small vacuum chamber about the size and shape of a five-foot-long salami.
  • Or heap a mound on a meat platter, and circle with paper-thin slices of salami.
  • Deli owners prepare to send tons of salami to troops.
  • For a nominal fee, order a basic or gourmet sampling of imported cheeses, crackers and salami to savor on the cruise.
  • But now there is salami and speck from heritage pork to consider.
British Dictionary definitions for salami


a highly seasoned type of sausage, usually flavoured with garlic
Word Origin
C19: from Italian, plural of salame, from Vulgar Latin salāre (unattested) to salt, from Latin sal salt
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Word Origin and History for salami

"salted, flavored Italian sausage," 1852, from Italian salami, plural of salame "spiced pork sausage," from Vulgar Latin *salamen, from *salare "to salt," from Latin sal (genitive salis) "salt" (see salt (n.)).

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