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

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

Examples of bologna in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The man, a 20-year-old United States citizen, was carrying 320 pounds of pork bologna and 30 pounds of turkey ham in the backseat of a 2012 Honda Odyssey. Peter Aitken, Fox News, 4 Sep. 2021 Vendors sold biscuits, sweet corn kernels and kota — a South African street food of white bread, fries and bologna. New York Times, 4 July 2021 So look out for Muffuletta Mondays, coming soon, as well as a fried bologna sandwich. al, 16 June 2021 Its menu features burgers, perch sandwiches, a grilled bologna sandwich, plenty of fish options, salads and appetizers. Sue Selasky, Detroit Free Press, 14 June 2021 The Texas Pork Roll features lunch meat from Swine House that brings to mind bologna and Taylor ham, a salty and bouncy launching pad for fried egg, salsa, avocado, jalapeños and cheddar ($9.50). Mike Sutter, San Antonio Express-News, 9 Apr. 2021 Sandwiches can be very fancy too, barely resembling the simple bologna and cheese on white your mom used to pack for you. cleveland, 4 May 2021 In Oklahoma, smoked bologna is given the same respect as brisket and ribs. Chuck Blount, San Antonio Express-News, 19 Apr. 2021 Pop Tarts, a raw shrimp, French fries, bologna and pickles. Laurie Hertzel, Star Tribune, 26 Mar. 2021

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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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“Bologna.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2021.

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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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