sa·​la·​mi sə-ˈlä-mē How to pronounce salami (audio)
: a highly seasoned sausage of pork and beef either dried or fresh

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The talk of ‘Hungarian salami’ had apparently fallen foul of that standard, classified as speculation and hearsay and therefore deemed unfit for inclusion. Jonathan Freedland, Time, 29 Dec. 2022 The Italian Assorted features Genoa salami and capicola. Yadi Rodriguez, cleveland, 1 Nov. 2022 After three months underground, tasters described Reade’s butter as gamey, funky and pungent, like moss, animal or salami. Bridget Alex, Discover Magazine, 6 May 2020 California Cabernet Sauvignon, salami, olive oil and rosemary crackers, and two kinds of cheddar (jalapeno and smoked)? Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, 23 Nov. 2022 This gift basket comes complete with dry salami, olive oil crackers, and a bottle of wine, among other charcuterie-appropriate goodies. Brittany Natale, SELF, 8 Nov. 2022 It's known for its sprawling beaches, mountains and regional foods, including traditional salami, sweet red onions and chili peppers. Janelle Davis, CNN, 9 Oct. 2022 Then a debate would ensue about what condiment to use with salami and eggs. Ellyn Laub, Sun Sentinel, 15 Sep. 2022 Panigacci, cooked as flat discs, can be served savory, with cheese and salami, or sweet, with chocolate. Catherine Sabino, Forbes, 25 Aug. 2022 See More

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Word History


Italian, plural of salame salami, from salare to salt, from sale salt, from Latin sal — more at salt

First Known Use

1850, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of salami was in 1850

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Cite this Entry

“Salami.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Mar. 2023.

Kids Definition


sa·​la·​mi sə-ˈläm-ē How to pronounce salami (audio)
: highly seasoned sausage of pork and beef

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