liv·​er·​wurst ˈli-vər-ˌwərst How to pronounce liverwurst (audio)
 also  -ˌvu̇(r)st,
 sometimes  -ˌvu̇sht
: a large, creamy to firm cooked sausage containing ground pork liver usually mixed with pork or other meat and spices : liver sausage

Examples of liverwurst in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Within it, there are loaves of caraway rye bread — the pastry chef Sam Short remembers her Polish grandmother making liverwurst sandwiches with it — alongside guava cream cheese Danishes made from croissant trimmings. Roxanne Fequiere Elissa Suh Maria Geyman Katharine Sohn Jameson Montgomery Zoe Ruffner, New York Times, 25 Apr. 2024 As at McSorley’s, there are cold sandwiches of liverwurst and tuna salad. Pete Wells, New York Times, 4 Jan. 2024 Other dishes include his famed tarte flambée, topped with the fresh cheese fromage blanc and bacon; directions for making your own liverwurst; and choucroute garni, the gut-busting Alsatian dish that features sauerkraut and an array of sausages and ribs. Kate Krader, Fortune, 11 Dec. 2021 Down a flight of stairs from the main store is a small, private room where, on a low table, Jeremy has laid out lunch for the two of us: salami, ham, liverwurst, bologna, pâtés and cheese, along with slices of rye and pumpernickel. Reggie Nadelson, New York Times, 26 Feb. 2020 His list of requirements for a hotel room in Philadelphia during a tryout included sliced liverwurst, salami, and bologna, and twenty-four cans of Pabst Blue Ribbon beer. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, 13 Jan. 2020 As the neighborhood changed around the restaurant, Langer’s stopped selling items such as baloney and liverwurst. Samantha Masunaga,, 14 Apr. 2018

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Word History


partial translation of German Leberwurst, from Leber liver + Wurst sausage

First Known Use

1852, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of liverwurst was in 1852

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“Liverwurst.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2024.

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liv·​er·​wurst ˈliv-ə(r)-ˌwərst How to pronounce liverwurst (audio)
: a sausage made chiefly of cooked liver

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