frank·​furt·​er | \ˈfraŋk-fər-tər, -fə-tər, -ˌfər-tər\
variants: or frankfurt \ˈfraŋk-​fərt \

Definition of frankfurter 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: a cured cooked sausage (as of beef or beef and pork) that may be skinless or stuffed in a casing


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Frank·​furt·​er | \ˈfraŋk-fər-tər, -fə-, -ˌfər-\

Definition of Frankfurter (Entry 2 of 2)

Felix 1882–1965 American (Austrian-born) jurist

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Chowdown champions will face off Wednesday at Nathan's Famous July Fourth hot dog eating contest, where the men's record stands at 72 frankfurters and buns in 10 minutes. Fox News, "Nathan's hot dog eating contest champ Joey Chestnut prepares to defend record," 4 July 2018 Philly Phanatic: Phillies’ furball injures fan when hot dog cannon sends flying frankfurter into her face. Paul Sullivan,, "Javier Baez becoming one of the National League's elite all-around players," 22 June 2018 Steal the famed chef’s favorite frankfurter trick, or dress your dog with these highly unusual but tasty accoutrements. Vogue, "Vogue’s Guide to the Ultimate Fourth of July," 2 July 2018 The few gluten-free offerings available were bad copies of the real thing, like a tofu dog standing in for an all-beef frankfurter. Joshua M. Bernstein, Bon Appetit, "12 Gluten-Free Beers That Actually Taste Good," 14 June 2018 Hot dogs aren’t exactly seasonal, but something about the arrival of warmer weather just cries out for frankfurters. Kate Washington, sacbee, "Sacramento is taking its hot-dog game to the next level," 18 May 2018 Others are the coarsely ground pork and veal Thuringer, a frankfurter, and cajun, Sheboygan and al pastor varieties. Michael Bauer, San Francisco Chronicle, "Wursthall in San Mateo at its best with beer & brat," 18 May 2018 The company has been ordered to recall products including its Enterprise polony, a ready-to-eat form of finely ground meat, and frankfurters, but is extending the recall to the full Enterprise chilled ready-to-eat meat range., "Tiger Falls as Factory Blamed for Outbreak That Killed 180," 5 Mar. 2018 The largest category of sausage consumed in the U.S. is cooked, including frankfurters, polish and smoked. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: More Wisconsin hunters making their own venison sausage," 17 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of frankfurter


1887, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for frankfurter


German Frankfurter of Frankfurt, from Frankfurt am Main, Germany

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frank·​furt·​er | \ˈfraŋk-fər-tər \
variants: or frankfurt \-​fərt \

Kids Definition of frankfurter

: a cooked sausage : hot dog

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