a small, cooked and smoked sausage of beef or beef and pork, with or without casing; hot dog; wiener.

Also frank·fort, frank·furt.

Origin of frankfurter

1890–95, Americanism; < German: Frankfort sausage; see -er1




Felix,1882–1965, U.S. jurist, born in Austria: associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court 1939–62. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for frankfurter

Contemporary Examples of frankfurter

  • With no disrespect intended to the frankfurter industry, our overly imaginative minds find those numbers sort of mildly alarming.

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    Lights, Camera, Cocktails

    Brody Brown

    September 23, 2011

Historical Examples of frankfurter

  • Maybe a person might get to be a millionaire just starting with a frankfurter, you never can tell.

    Pee-wee Harris

    Percy Keese Fitzhugh

  • "I wish I could draw," mused Patricia, absently sugaring her Frankfurter.

    Miss Pat at School

    Pemberton Ginther

  • Laloo forked a frankfurter, selected a roll and looked expectantly at Stover.

    The Varmint

    Owen Johnson

  • We agreed that the work was to be done by Frankfurter artists and printed there.

  • Ill deliver it, Pee-wee shouted; I want to get a frankfurter, anyway.

    Roy Blakeley's Motor Caravan

    Percy Keese Fitzhugh

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 for frankfurter

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from German Frankfurter "of Frankfurt," because a smoked-beef-and-pork sausage somewhat like a U.S. hot dog was originally made in Germany, where it was associated with the city of Frankfurt am Main (literally "ford of the Franks on the River Main").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