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[frangk-fer-ter] /ˈfræŋk fər tər/
a small, cooked and smoked sausage of beef or beef and pork, with or without casing; hot dog; wiener.
Also, frankfort, frankfurt.
Origin of frankfurter
1890-95, Americanism; < German: Frankfort sausage; see -er1


[frangk-fer-ter] /ˈfræŋk fər tər/
Felix, 1882–1965, U.S. jurist, born in Austria: associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court 1939–62. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for frankfurter
Contemporary Examples
  • With no disrespect intended to the frankfurter industry, our overly imaginative minds find those numbers sort of mildly alarming.

Historical Examples
  • This effect is increased if frankfurter black or powdered charcoal is mixed with the color, and the stone is kept very wet.

    The Invention of Lithography Alois Senefelder
  • Maybe a person might get to be a millionaire just starting with a frankfurter, you never can tell.

    Pee-wee Harris Percy Keese Fitzhugh
  • Dachshunds are close to the ground, with tiny, crooked legs, and bodies that look like frankfurter sausages.

    Mitz and Fritz of Germany Madeline Brandeis
  • This is the old frankfurter Faustbuch, of which only one perfect specimen is now known to exist.

  • Only one of the bloodhounds wouldnt chase Eliza, and Rossie Bent had to give her a frankfurter, so hed chase her.

    Roy Blakeley's Motor Caravan Percy Keese Fitzhugh
  • I once perceived Dominick, in the height of the balloon season, with a frankfurter balloon, a shape then new.

    Life's Minor Collisions Frances Warner
  • Sometimes the frankfurter man laughed, or chuckled; at other times he looked quite grave.

  • The frankfurter Zeitung is one of those German newspapers which has often at least worked for sanity in the national attitude.

  • Then Fritz passed in a frankfurter about the size of a policeman's night stick.

    Mortmain Arthur Cheny Train
British Dictionary definitions for frankfurter


a light brown smoked sausage, made of finely minced pork or beef, often served in a bread roll
Word Origin
C20: short for German Frankfurter Wurst sausage from Frankfurt (am Main)


an inhabitant or native of Frankfurt
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Word Origin and History for frankfurter

"hot dog," 1894, American English, from German Frankfurter "of Frankfurt," because a smoked-beef-and-pork sausage somewhat like a U.S. hot dog was originally made in Germany, where it was associated with the city of Frankfurt am Main (literally "ford of the Franks on the River Main"). Attested from 1877 as Frankfort sausage.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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