ham·​burg·​er | \ ˈham-ˌbər-gər How to pronounce hamburger (audio) \
variants: or hamburg \ ˈham-​ˌbərg How to pronounce hamburg (audio) \

Definition of hamburger

1a : ground beef
b : a patty of ground beef
2 : a sandwich consisting of a patty of hamburger in a split typically round bun

Examples of hamburger in a Sentence

They served hot dogs and hamburgers at the cookout. Add the cooked hamburger to the sauce.
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First Known Use of hamburger

1884, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for hamburger

German Hamburger of Hamburg, Germany

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The first known use of hamburger was in 1884

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11 Jan 2020

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“Hamburger.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 23 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of hamburger

: a flat, usually round cake of finely chopped beef that is cooked and served usually in a roll or bun
: beef that has been cut into very small pieces : ground beef


ham·​burg·​er | \ ˈham-ˌbər-gər How to pronounce hamburger (audio) \
variants: or hamburg \ -​ˌbərg \

Kids Definition of hamburger

1 : a sandwich made of a patty of ground beef in a split bun
2 : ground beef

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