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

Examples of bologna in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Breakfast starts at 7 a.m. — plenty of time for neighborhood hard hats to slam an egg sandwich with salty country ham or fried bologna before starting the day’s work. Ben Jarrell, Charlotte Observer, 24 Apr. 2024 Returning to CBGBs a week later for the Dead Boys show, seeing lead Stiv Bators go mental, blowing his nose into bologna slices all night, rubbing them on the floor and eating them. Jonathan Rowe, SPIN, 23 Jan. 2024 Crain and his wife bought the Hollis Country Store on Arkansas 7 -- which opened in 1930 and is known for its fried bologna sandwiches -- late in 2020 and moved back to the Natural State. Aaron Gettinger, Arkansas Online, 30 Oct. 2023 The couple enjoy eating and cooking together — everything from crawfish to bologna, gumbo, turkey legs and donuts. Emily J. Shiffer, Peoplemag, 8 Oct. 2023 All serve ribs and rib tips, burgers, and smoked bologna, but the barbecue sandwiches are the real standouts. Robert F. Moss, Southern Living, 12 Sep. 2023 The inmates feed the cats the bologna, creating a natural bond between them and the felines. Sarah Lapidus, The Arizona Republic, 1 Sep. 2023 Salami, bologna, pepperoni and pastrami, for example, have more sodium and are generally more processed. USA TODAY, 4 June 2023 The deli’s sandwich and wrap selections include smoked ham and cheese, bologna and cheese, smoked turkey, chicken salad, tuna salad, corned beef and Swiss, a Reuben and a BLT. Bob Carlton |, al, 22 Sep. 2020

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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 25 May. 2024.

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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