[ saw-sij or, esp. British, sos-ij ]
/ ˈsɔ sɪdʒ or, esp. British, ˈsɒs ɪdʒ /


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.

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


sau·sage·like, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for sausage

/ (ˈsɒsɪdʒ) /


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 forms of sausage

sausage-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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