- a state in N Germany. 288 sq. mi. (746 sq. km).
- a city in and the capital of this state, on the Elbe River: the largest seaport in continental Europe.
- a town in W New York.
- a sandwich consisting of a cooked patty of ground or chopped beef, usually in a roll or bun, variously garnished.
- ground or chopped beef.
- Also called Hamburg steak. a patty of ground or chopped beef, seasoned and fried or broiled.
Origin of hamburger
Examples from the Web for hamburg
Outposts budded in Berlin, Hamburg, Munich, Geneva, and various other burgs, including, yes, Amsterdam.The Life and Art of Radical Provocateur—and Commune Leader—Otto Muehl
September 22, 2014
In July 1943 the full horror of total war was visited on the German city of Hamburg.Life Under Air Strikes: Children Under Fire Will Never Forget — or Forgive
August 3, 2014
The Indra Musik Club, site of the first Beatles gig in Hamburg, still hosts live music.
John Lennon once said, “I might have been born in Liverpool, but I grew up in Hamburg.”
The last two Hamburg gigs, in November and December of 1962, involved another 90 hours of performing.The Beatles Succeeded Through Talent, Ambition, and a Lot of Arrogance
November 10, 2013
It was Mattheson, by his own account, who introduced Handel to the musical life of Hamburg.
Handel may well have been glad to leave Hamburg, but Hamburg did not forget him.
A guess may be hazarded that he obtained them through his old friend Telemann at Hamburg.
Our present Minister at Hamburg (Bourrienne) is far from being so nice.Memoirs of the Court of St. Cloud, Complete
I am by birth a Russian, but my childhood and youth were passed at Hamburg.
- a city-state and port in NW Germany, on the River Elbe: the largest port in Germany; a founder member of the Hanseatic League; became a free imperial city in 1510 and a state of the German empire in 1871; university (1919); extensive shipyards. Pop: 1 734 083 (2003 est)
- a flat fried cake of minced beef, often served in a bread rollAlso called: Hamburger steak, beefburger
Word Origin and History for hamburg
German city, the -burg is German Burg "fort," in reference to the moated castle built there c.825; the first element is perhaps Old High German hamma "ham, back of the knee" in a transferred sense of "bend, angle," with reference to its position on a river bend promontory, or Middle High German hamme "enclosed area of pastureland."
1610s, "native of Hamburg;" the meat product so called from 1884, hamburg steak, named for the German city of Hamburg, though no certain connection has ever been put forth, and there may not be one unless it be that Hamburg was a major port of departure for German immigrants to United States. Meaning "a sandwich consisting of a bun and a patty of grilled hamburger meat" attested by 1912. Shortened form burger attested from 1939; beefburger was attempted 1940, in an attempt to make the main ingredient more explicit, after the -burger had taken on a life of its own as a suffix (cf. cheeseburger, first attested 1938).