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

Definition of bologna

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

Definition of Bologna (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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

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Since then, 17 of their family members have worked and grown up in shop, selling hams and kielbasa, handing out bologna to kids, doing the books, or cutting the meat. Laura Demarco,, "End of an era: Cleveland's beloved Sausage Shoppe to close after 80 years (photos)," 25 Mar. 2018 There was no breakfast, and recently lunch and dinner had been combined into one meal that included peanut butter and bologna sandwiches, a frozen burrito and chips. Fox News, "Latest: Adult children of couple accused of abuse in court," 22 June 2018 Yet, Luann was fed a bologna sandwich, which had the world’s worst surprise hiding inside of it., "Luann Told The Entire Side Of Her Arrest Story On RHONY," 21 June 2018 Olivier salad, a mayo-heavy mixture of cubed potato, carrots and bologna, is the star of the show; ‘French-style’ meat (thin steaks covered in mayo and onions, then baked) is another celebrated dish. Flora Tsapovsky, Bon Appetit, "How Mayonnaise Got Its Groove Back," 15 May 2018 Items include The Triple B - bacon, brisket and bologna, a hot-dog-stuffed pickle, vegan nachos and a deep-f Steve Here's some Rangers Reaction from an 8-4 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays. 1. Jeff Wilson, star-telegram, "Rangers Reaction: After Rays won't chase, Perez to check tip line | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 16 Apr. 2018 Go all out on the meats with turkey ribs for $11.29 and a smoked bologna sandwich for $4.79. Bailey Loosemore, The Courier-Journal, "New to Louisville? These are the 5 restaurants you really must try," 5 June 2018 There’s a fried bologna and pimento cheese sandwich, and also tender fried chicken topped with Parmesan cheese, preserved egg and chives. Mark Johanson,, "Taco trucks and beyond: San Antonio, home to Final Four, has a winning food scene," 28 Mar. 2018 Seafood, seafood, and more seafood, interspersed with some moose and fried bologna (known as Newfoundland steak). Bridget Hallinan, Condé Nast Traveler, "Recap: Anthony Bourdain's 'Parts Unknown' Visits Newfoundland," 14 May 2018

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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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The first known use of bologna was in 1850

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English Language Learners Definition of bologna

: a wide cooked sausage that is cut into thin pieces and eaten in sandwiches


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

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