bo·​lo·​gna | \ bə-ˈlō-nē How to pronounce bologna (audio) also -nyə, -nə \
variants: or less commonly \ bə-​ˈlō-​nē How to pronounce baloney (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 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Learn about how colonialism shaped food culture, but also learn about how to make a really good bologna sandwich. Margaret Lyons, New York Times, "How Much Watching Time Do You Have This Weekend?," 30 Apr. 2020 He and other inmates at the minimum security camp were put to work, packing sack lunches of peanut butter and bologna sandwiches for the rest of the prisoners so they could be served the meals in their cells to limit contact. Kimberly Kindy, Anchorage Daily News, "Inside the deadliest federal prison, the coronavirus creates fear and danger," 10 Apr. 2020 Customs officials seized 14 packages of the Mexican bologna Thursday morning at the Bridge of the Americas port of entry in El Paso, Texas. Sanya Mansoor, Time, "U.S. Customs Officials Seize 154 Pounds of Bologna at the Texas-Mexico Border," 24 Nov. 2019 Further Reading Arkansas’ ban on veggie-meat labels is total bologna, says Tofurky Known as Act 501, the law passed state lawmakers in March but has yet to be enforced. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Judge serves up sizzling rebuke of Arkansas’ anti-veggie-meat labeling law," 12 Dec. 2019 The agency says the driver was released, but the bologna was seized and destroyed. USA TODAY, "Seedlings to fall far from oak, bologna bust, snowboard pioneer: News from around our 50 states," 26 Nov. 2019 That includes burgers with lots of topping choices, with a side of potatoes – tots or fries or sweet potato tots – plus other sandwiches such as fried bologna and BLTs. Laura Mazade,, "Nation Kitchen & Bar sets mid-summer opening date for Westwood location," 10 Feb. 2020 Michelz grew up in a large house with a pond at the end of a long driveway a few miles from Yale, a tiny town in rural Eastern Michigan known for its annual bologna festival. Sabrina Tavernise,, "A Sanders voter, weary of debt at 29: I have nothing to lose," 7 Mar. 2020 Deli case items including cold chicken, honey ham and bologna were not cold enough. oregonlive, "These 21 Oregon grocery stores did the worst on state health inspections," 10 Jan. 2020

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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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12 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Bologna.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Jun. 2020.

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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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