bo·​lo·​gna | \ bə-ˈlō-nē How to pronounce bologna (audio) also -nyə, -nə \
variants: or less commonly \ bə-​ˈlō-​nē How to pronounce bologna (audio) \

Definition of bologna

: a large smoked sausage of beef, veal, and pork also : a sausage made (as of turkey) to resemble bologna

Examples of bologna in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Paper-thin mortadella slices were a heady improvement over the Oscar Mayer bologna of my suburban youth, and the truffle paste was transcendent. The New Yorker, 30 May 2022 The mask is cool to the touch but much slimier than real bologna. Washington Post, 17 Dec. 2021 Billy Sims BBQ offers brisket, pulled pork, chicken breast, turkey breast, hot links, Polish sausage, bologna and ribs, according to the release. Erik S. Hanley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 17 Aug. 2021 Ever turned a slice of bologna into a face mask with bites taken out of it for eyes and a mouth? Kelly Tyko, USA TODAY, 19 Jan. 2022 Whoever meets the goal gets pizza; losers get bologna sandwiches. Julie Jargon, WSJ, 8 Jan. 2022 The masks are made of hydrogel, which mimics the texture of bologna better than a standard, paperlike sheet mask. Washington Post, 17 Dec. 2021 Standouts include a grownup bologna sandwich made from a thick slab of fried mortadella, an excellent meatball sub and a deeply savory meatloaf. Paul Stephen, San Antonio Express-News, 19 Jan. 2022 For anyone who ever made a face out of a slice of bologna by biting holes for their eyes and mouth, boy does Oscar Mayer have something for you. Dave Quinn,, 19 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of bologna

1850, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bologna

short for Bologna sausage, from Bologna, Italy

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“Bologna.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jul. 2022.

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bo·​lo·​gna | \ bə-ˈlō-nē How to pronounce bologna (audio) \

Kids Definition of bologna

: a large smoked sausage usually made of beef, veal, and pork

Bologna geographical name

Bo·​lo·​gna | \ bō-ˈlō-nyä How to pronounce Bologna (audio) \
variants: or ancient Bononia \ bə-​ˈnō-​nē-​ə How to pronounce Bologna (audio) \

Definition of Bologna

commune in northern Italy at the foot of the Apennines; capital of the region of Emilia-Romagna population 379,964

Other Words from bologna

Bolognan \ bə-​ˈlō-​nyən How to pronounce Bologna (audio) \ or Bolognese \ ˌbō-​lə-​ˈnēz How to pronounce Bologna (audio) , -​ˈnēs , -​ˈnyēz , -​ˈnyēs \ adjective or noun

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