sau·​sage ˈsȯ-sij How to pronounce sausage (audio)
plural sausages
: a seasoned minced or ground meat (such as pork, beef, or poultry) stuffed in casings usually of prepared animal intestine or made into patties
also : a link or patty of sausage
: a nonmeat link or patty similar to sausage that is made with various plant-based ingredients (such as textured vegetable protein)

see also how the sausage is made

Example Sentences

Would you like any sausage? They bought sausages for the picnic.
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Word History


Middle English sausige, from Anglo-French sauseche, saucis, from Late Latin salsicia, from Latin salsus salted — more at sauce

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of sausage was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Sausage.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2023.

Kids Definition


sau·​sage ˈsȯ-sij How to pronounce sausage (audio)
: highly seasoned ground meat (as pork) usually stuffed in casings
: a roll of sausage meat in a casing

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