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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.
Origin of sausage
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 sausage
  • Andouille sausage or another smoked meat is often added for additional depth of flavor.
  • Drain off the fat and put the sausage meat into a mixing bowl.
  • It is shocking to us meat-lovers at this end of the sausage-making machine.
  • She jealously punishes her sister by feeding her a sausage of human feces to protest her sister's larger portions of meat.
  • Everything has an end except a sausage which has two.
  • But at night they all have supper together-sausage and bread.
  • He tells us how to make sausage and lists six dishes featuring salt cod.
  • Or wrapped in long, pointy tetrahedrons of leaves, with sausage or red bean paste in the middle.
  • Blooms on sausage trees open after dark, and each lasts only one night.
  • Comfort food includes pea soup, sausage and mash, smoked haddock with creamed leeks.
British Dictionary definitions for sausage


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 sausage

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 sausage


  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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