bo·​lo·​gna | \ bə-ˈlō-nē How to pronounce bologna (audio) also -nyə, -nə \
variants: or less commonly \ bə-​ˈlō-​nē How to pronounce bologna (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 Bologna (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 Bologna (audio) \ or Bolognese \ ˌbō-​lə-​ˈnēz How to pronounce Bologna (audio) , -​ˈnēs , -​ˈnyēz , -​ˈnyēs \ adjective or noun

Examples of bologna in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In Oklahoma, smoked bologna is given the same respect as brisket and ribs. Chuck Blount, San Antonio Express-News, "How to DIY smoke your own bologna at home. Smoked bologna is a staple of Oklahoma barbecue," 19 Apr. 2021 Pop Tarts, a raw shrimp, French fries, bologna and pickles. Laurie Hertzel, Star Tribune, "Bookmark: Eating crackers in bed with a good book," 26 Mar. 2021 Another sandwich is an homage to New Orleans restaurant Turkey and the Wolf's fried bologna sandwich. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Meat & Co., a new downtown sandwich shop and food truck, debuts with a pop-up," 15 Mar. 2021 Officials previously seized 22 rolls of bologna – totaling almost 200 pounds - during a search at the Mexican border just two weeks ago. Peter Aitken, Fox News, "US agents seize 277 pounds of banned bologna at Mexico border," 2 Mar. 2021 Some of the bologna was also found in the driver’s luggage. Fox News, "Border Patrol agents confiscate nearly 200 pounds of bologna found in car at New Mexico border," 12 Feb. 2021 Marrone, who became known for his love of bologna and cheese sandwiches since childhood, felt out of place with the trappings of his brief career as a pro player. Mike Rodak |, al, "What Alabama is getting in offensive line coach Doug Marrone," 20 Jan. 2021 There are bologna sandwich regulars at Cattleack these days. Nick Rallo, Dallas News, "The return of the bologna sandwich: Dallas chefs serve up nostalgic joy," 14 Dec. 2020 At the door, a man handed him a bottle of water and a brown paper bag containing a bologna and cheese sandwich on white bread, an apple, granola bars and a candy cane. Washington Post, "On a covid Christmas, a new routine for feeding the homeless," 25 Dec. 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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23 Apr 2021

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“Bologna.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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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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