[brat-wurst, -woo rst, braht-; German braht-voorsht]


a sausage made of pork, spices, and herbs, sometimes without a casing, usually served sautéed or broiled.

Nearby words

  1. brattice,
  2. brattishing,
  3. brattle,
  4. brattleboro,
  5. bratty,
  6. braudel,
  7. braudel, fernand,
  8. braun,
  9. braun, eva,
  10. braun, karl ferdinand

Origin of bratwurst

1910–15; < German, equivalent to brat(en) to roast, bake + Wurst sausage Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for bratwurst



a type of small pork sausage

Word Origin for bratwurst

C20: German, from Old High German, from brāto meat + wurst sausage; related to Old Saxon brādo ham

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Word Origin and History for bratwurst



1911, from German Bratwurst, from wurst + Brät "lean meat, finely chipped calf or swine meat," from Old High German brato (12c.), from Proto-Germanic *bred-on- "roast flesh" (cf. Old English bræde "meat"), from PIE *bhreue- (see brawn). German folk etymology derives it from braten "to roast, bake, broil, grill;" more likely both are from the same ancient source.

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