kielbasa

[ kil-bah-suh, keel- ]
/ kɪlˈbɑ sə, kil- /

noun, plural kiel·ba·sas, kiel·ba·sy [kil-bah-see, keel-] /kɪlˈbɑ si, kil-/.

a smoked sausage of coarsely chopped beef and pork, flavored with garlic and spices.

Nearby words

  1. kief,
  2. kieffer,
  3. kiekie,
  4. kiel,
  5. kiel canal,
  6. kielce,
  7. kien lung,
  8. kienböck's disease,
  9. kienholz,
  10. kiepura

Origin of kielbasa

1950–55; < Polish kiełbasa, sausage, cognate with Czech klobása, dialectal Serbo-Croatian klobasa, Bulgarian kŭlbása, Russian kolbasá; ulterior origin obscure

Also called Polish sausage.

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British Dictionary definitions for kielbasa

kielbasa

esp Canadian kulbasa (kuːbɒˈsɒ, ˈkuːbɘsɒ)

/ (ˌkiːlˈbaːsɘ, ˌkɪlˈbaːsɘ) /

noun

a traditional garlic sausage of Eastern European origin

Word Origin for kielbasa

from Polish kieɫbasa, Ukrainian kovbasa

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Word Origin and History for kielbasa

kielbasa

n.

1951, from Polish kiełbasa "sausage" (Russian kolbasa, Serbo-Croatian kobasica); perhaps from Turkish kulbasti, "grilled cutlet," literally "pressed on the ashes." Or perhaps, via Jewish butchers, from Hebrew kolbasar "all kinds of meat."

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