kiel·​ba·​sa kēl-ˈbä-sə How to pronounce kielbasa (audio)
 also  ki-ˈbä-sə
plural kielbasas also kielbasy kēl-ˈbä-sē How to pronounce kielbasa (audio)
 also  ki-ˈbä-sə
: a smoked sausage of Polish origin

Examples of kielbasa in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Straight out of the package, the dogs were floppy, with a kielbasa scent—nearly identical to real hot dogs. Sam Stone, Bon Appétit, 22 Mar. 2024 Sautee fresh apples with savory kielbasa, potatoes, garlic, and brussels sprouts. Sarah Martens, Better Homes & Gardens, 4 Mar. 2024 My personal favorite dish is the kielbasa (in puff pastry). Kate Bradshaw, The Mercury News, 31 Jan. 2024 Cook, stirring occasionally, until the kielbasa is lightly browned and has released some of its fat. Jonathan Miles, Field & Stream, 15 Nov. 2023 Add the kielbasa, and raise the heat to medium-high. Jonathan Miles, Field & Stream, 15 Nov. 2023 The Polish Boy is usually made with a kielbasa rather than an all-beef frank, which is what makes our city’s signature dog distinct. Alex Darus, cleveland, 17 Aug. 2023 While traditional kielbasa recipes often use only pork, a Maxwell Street Polish sausage usually contains a mix of pork and beef. Nick Kindelsperger, Chicago Tribune, 12 Sep. 2023 Olson combines his North Carolina-style barbecue roots with Wang’s Chinese flavors and techniques, resulting in dishes like scallion-ginger kielbasa and shrimp toast sliders. Kate Kassin, Bon Appétit, 7 Sep. 2023

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Word History


Polish kiełbasa

First Known Use

1910, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of kielbasa was in 1910

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“Kielbasa.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

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