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

Examples of bologna in a Sentence

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And a diet of bologna sandwiches and packet ramen might genuinely not seem problematic to our president, who guzzles soda, refuses fruit, and proudly serves stacks of Big Macs to college athletes. Melissa Howell, Quartz, "How America’s bad eating habits impact kids in detention centers," 26 Aug. 2019 They were fed dry bologna sandwiches for breakfast and junior cheeseburgers for dinner. Obed Manuel, Dallas News, "U.S. citizen’s detention is a reminder that mixed-status families can feel trapped along the border," 4 Aug. 2019 These unusual dishes are all on the menu at the Cozy Corner, a beloved local institution that also serves fried bologna sandwiches. . Larry Olmstead, USA TODAY, "Great American Bites BBQ road trip: The country's best regional barbecue joints," 9 July 2019 Many migrants were given only wet wipes to clean themselves and bologna sandwiches to eat, causing constipation and other health problems, according to the report. Zolan Kanno-youngs, New York Times, "Government Watchdog Finds Squalid Conditions in Border Centers," 2 July 2019 They were provided only with half frozen bologna sandwiches to eat. Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "Americans Can't Admit Concentration Camps Exist in the U.S. Because They're Shameless," 20 June 2019 Rohlfing used a cake made out of bologna in his appetizer course, as well as kidneys in his entree. Sameer Rao,, "Cunningham's chef 'filled with gratitude' for 'Chopped' win," 19 June 2019 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

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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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