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noun Chiefly British.
  1. a highly seasoned, dried sausage.
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Origin of saveloy

1830–40; probably < French cervelas, Middle French cervelat < Italian cervellato Milanese sausage, orig. containing pig's brains, equivalent to cervell(o) brain (see cerebellum) + -ato -ate1
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Historical Examples

  • Lisa, still absent-minded, gave her the black-pudding and slices of saveloy.

    The Fat and the Thin

    Emile Zola

  • Saveloy, a kind of sausage; French cervelas, from its containing brains.

  • Saveloy, sav′e-loi, n. a kind of sausage made of meat chopped and seasoned, orig.

  • He had breakfasted off a saveloy; we saw on a plate, with some crumbs of bread, the remains of that too familiar delicacy.

    Z. Marcas

    Honore de Balzac

  • You were welcomed to his venison when he had it—his present saveloy was equally at your service.

British Dictionary definitions for saveloy


  1. a smoked sausage made from salted pork, well seasoned and coloured red with saltpetre
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Word Origin

C19: probably via French from Italian cervellato, from cervello brain, from Latin cerebellum, diminutive of cerebrum brain
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Word Origin and History for saveloy


1837, corruption of French cervelas, from Italian cervellata, from cervello "brain," from Latin cerebrum (see cerebral). So called because it originally was made of pigs' brains.

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