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

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: 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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Migrants reported getting constipated because of a strict bologna sandwich diet. CBS News, "DHS watchdog details squalid conditions at migrant detention centers," 2 July 2019 Some adults were only receiving bologna sandwiches, causing constipation and in some cases requiring medical attention. Nomaan Merchant,, "'A ticking time bomb’: Government photos show detained migrants pleading for help in overcrowded Border Patrol facilities," 2 July 2019 Some adults were only receiving bologna sandwiches, causing constipation and in some cases requiring medical attention. Nomaan Merchant, The Denver Post, "Government photos show detained migrants pleading for help," 2 July 2019 Turkey & The Wolf On the surface, the restaurant is a sandwich bar with a menu offering prosaic options like ham and bologna. Paul Oswell, Condé Nast Traveler, "21 Best Restaurants in New Orleans," 28 Feb. 2018 While the other chefs featured in the Duke's commercials used it to enhance such savory selections as potato salad, a fried bologna sandwich and a ham-and-cheese sandwich, Miles was the only one to make a dessert with it. Bob Carlton |,, "Alabama pastry chef works her charm in Duke’s mayonnaise TV spots," 13 June 2019 There will be Finnish food, as well as burgers and ring bologna, the closest thing to Makkara-Finnish Sauna Sausage., "Community News For The Putnam-Killingly Edition," 10 June 2019 Is there stuff to eat besides fried bologna sandwiches? Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "Lug Nuts, Fried Bologna, and the Loudest Thrill in Sports," 7 June 2019 Detroit Free Press staff, Detroit Free Press In a sleepy little conservative town in the Thumb where bologna is king and where Donald Trump won the 2016 presidential election with nearly 65% of the vote, Shelley O’Brien took a stand. Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press, "Hotel manager's Facebook offer: Need an abortion? Come to Michigan.," 7 June 2019

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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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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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