bo·​lo·​gna bə-ˈlō-nē How to pronounce bologna (audio)
 also  -nyə,
variants or less commonly baloney
: a large smoked sausage of beef, veal, and pork
also : a sausage made (as of turkey) to resemble bologna

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Ruggiero's famous Hush burger is also on the menu as well as a smoked bologna sandwich, a mini crab roll made with seafood from Nelson's Meat and Fish market and Noble Bread. Bahar Anooshahr, The Arizona Republic, 11 Nov. 2022 Bring his name up in the right room, and comedy elites of a certain age become young boys again, bowing down to the memory of a mustachioed man who showed them what was possible just by strapping on an accordion and playing songs about bologna. Alex Pappademas, Los Angeles Times, 26 Oct. 2022 Shaina Loew-Banayan should have made the bologna last night. Elazar Sontag, Bon Appétit, 14 Sep. 2022 The ingredient list will clarify the exact meat(s) in your bologna. Liam Gravvat, USA TODAY, 27 Aug. 2022 Nearly a year later, when a team brought Alvin back to the surface, the biggest surprise was that the crew's lunch—bologna sandwiches and apples in a plastic box—was strikingly well preserved. Timothy Shank, Scientific American, 1 Aug. 2022 Early risers can start the day at this walkup window with unique breakfast sandwiches, such as the popular Bodega, topped with fried bologna and white cheddar cheese, or breakfast burritos or a hot honey chicken biscuit. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, 14 Sep. 2022 Fried bologna sandwiches sizzled on the flattop, Pabst Blue Ribbon cans lined the bar, and twangy country music filled the narrow room. Jonathan Bernstein, Rolling Stone, 13 Sep. 2022 Kraft warned retailers about a major outage of deli-fresh turkey cold cuts and spot cuts of items such as Oscar Mayer bologna. Jesse Newman, WSJ, 26 Aug. 2022 See More

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Word History


short for Bologna sausage, from Bologna, Italy

First Known Use

1850, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bologna was in 1850

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Cite this Entry

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

Kids Definition



bo·​lo·​gna bə-ˈlō-nē How to pronounce bologna (audio)
 also  -n(y)ə
: a large smoked sausage of beef, veal, and pork

Geographical Definition


geographical name

Bo·​lo·​gna bō-ˈlō-nyä How to pronounce Bologna (audio)
variants or ancient Bononia
commune in northern Italy at the foot of the Apennines; capital of the region of Emilia-Romagna population 379,964
Bolognan adjective or noun
or Bolognese
ˌbō-lə-ˈnēz How to pronounce Bologna (audio)

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