[saw-sij or, esp. British, sos-ij]


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

Nearby words

  1. saurian,
  2. saurischian,
  3. sauropod,
  4. sauropterygian,
  5. saury,
  6. sausage curl,
  7. sausage dog,
  8. sausage poisoning,
  9. sausage roll,
  10. sausage tree

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

Related formssau·sage·like, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for sausage

British Dictionary definitions for sausage



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
an object shaped like a sausage
aeronautics informal a captive balloon shaped like a sausage
not a sausage nothing at all
Derived Formssausage-like, adjective

Word Origin for sausage

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

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Word Origin and History for sausage



mid-15c., sawsyge, from Old North French saussiche (Modern French saucisse), from Vulgar Latin *salsica "sausage," from salsicus "seasoned with salt," from Latin salsus "salted" (see sauce).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper