sa·​la·​mi | \ sə-ˈlä-mē How to pronounce salami (audio) \

Definition of salami

: a highly seasoned sausage of pork and beef either dried or fresh

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Sorry, a prime rib steak or a salami sandwich don’t mix well with prevention. Emily Rubin, Rd, Ldn,, "What can I do to reduce my risk of colorectal cancer?," 8 Mar. 2018 Line two trays with parchment paper, and arrange assorted cheeses on one tray and thinly sliced hams and salamis on the other. Jeanmarie Brownson,, "Pack up a picnic of Spanish tapas to feed a crowd," 3 July 2018 Pastrami, salami, coleslaw, and special sauce, all served on rye bread with a side pickle. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Carnegie Deli Returns to New York City, With a Little Help from The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel," 30 Nov. 2018 What's funny about this though, this is the most costly game of hide the salami since Anthony Weiner. Fox News, "Gutfeld: The left is turning on the left," 15 Sep. 2018 In a lunch container, combine 2 cups radicchio, cut into 1-inch pieces, 1½ cups iceberg lettuce, thinly sliced, 3 tablespoons toasted sunflower seeds and 1 ounce dried salami, thinly sliced. Eleanore Park, WSJ, "How to Win the Weekday Lunch Game," 30 Aug. 2018 Dinner was a Romanga experience—with piadina, or ham, salami, and bread; a live cooking show; and a raw bar. Alexandra Macon, Vogue, "The Daughter of the Luxury Footwear Family Casadei Wore One-of-a-Kind Heels at Her Wedding in Italy," 9 Aug. 2018 In the drawers below, Hadid showed off some apples, cheese, more hummus, and organic uncured salami. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "This is Exactly What Bella Hadid Keeps in Her Fridge," 29 Oct. 2018 This pack from Portland’s beloved charcuterie includes bratwurst, franks, kielbasa, navarre and sopressata salami — and two beer koozies, just for fun. Olivia Hall, The Seattle Times, "Ways to eat well in the summer heat (no stove required)," 13 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of salami

1850, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for salami

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

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The first known use of salami was in 1850

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English Language Learners Definition of salami

: a large, spicy, and dry sausage that is usually eaten cold


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Kids Definition of salami

: a large spicy sausage of pork and beef that is usually eaten cold

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