[ saw-sij or, especially British, sos-ij ]
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  1. minced pork, beef, or other meats, often combined, together with various added ingredients and seasonings, usually stuffed into a prepared intestine or other casing and often made in links.

  2. Aeronautics. a sausage-shaped observation balloon, formerly used in warfare.

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Origin of sausage

1400–50; late Middle English sausige<dialectal Old French sausiche<Late Latin salsīcia, neuter plural of salsīcius seasoned with salt, derivative of Latin salsus salted. See sauce, -itious

Other words from sausage

  • sau·sage·like, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for sausage


/ (ˈsɒsɪdʒ) /

  1. finely minced meat, esp pork or beef, mixed with fat, cereal or bread, and seasonings (sausage meat), and packed into a tube-shaped animal intestine or synthetic casing

  2. an object shaped like a sausage

  1. aeronautics informal a captive balloon shaped like a sausage

  2. not a sausage nothing at all

Origin of sausage

C15: from Old Norman French saussiche, from Late Latin salsīcia, from Latin salsus salted; see sauce

Derived forms of sausage

  • sausage-like, adjective

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