frank·​furt·​er ˈfraŋk-fər-tər How to pronounce frankfurter (audio)
variants or frankfurt
: a cured cooked sausage (as of beef or beef and pork) that may be skinless or stuffed in a casing

Examples of frankfurter in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Many of the compounds contributing to the overall odor of the frankfurters have been identified. Discover Magazine, 19 Aug. 2010 Identification of major volatile odor compounds in frankfurters. Discover Magazine, 19 Aug. 2010 Vienna Beef is considered the standard-bearer for the frankfurter. Talia Soglin, Chicago Tribune, 21 Oct. 2022 Could Wenning persuade the Schickhaus Company, in Kearny, New Jersey, to manufacture the new quarter-pound frankfurter? Adam Reiner, Fortune, 12 Sep. 2022 So, here is a guide on how long to boil hot dogs and more information about the famous frankfurter. Olivia Munson, USA TODAY, 5 Sep. 2022 At a warehouse store in Long Island, N.Y., Yvonne Sing said a mob quickly formed around a station set up with a slow cooker, where a worker handed out frankfurter samples. Jaewon Kang, WSJ, 5 Aug. 2022 And eventually, a frankfurter on a bun became synonymous with America's big day. Terry Baddoo, USA TODAY, 28 June 2022 Both the beloved local chain Portillo’s and the city’s reigning frankfurter producer, Vienna Beef, sell mail-order kits, albeit at eye-watering prices ($69.99 for the Portillo’s kit, $84.95 for the Vienna Beef). Helen Rosner, The New Yorker, 3 July 2022

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Word History


German Frankfurter of Frankfurt, from Frankfurt am Main, Germany

First Known Use

1887, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of frankfurter was in 1887

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Cite this Entry

“Frankfurter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


frank·​furt·​er ˈfraŋk-fə(r)t-ər How to pronounce frankfurter (audio)
variants or frankfurt
: a seasoned beef or beef and pork sausage

named for Frankfurt am Main, city in West Germany

Biographical Definition


biographical name

Frank·​furt·​er ˈfraŋk-fər-tər How to pronounce Frankfurter (audio)
Felix 1882–1965 American (Austrian-born) jurist
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