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sausage definition


This page has 6 definitions of sausage in English. Sausage is a noun and verb. Examples of how to use sausage in a sentence are shown. Also define these 11 related words and terms: intestine, synthetic, casing, shaped, penis, endearment, military, saucisse, engineering, uniform, and cross section.


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From late Middle English sausige, from Anglo-Norman saussiche (compare Norman saûciche), from Late Latin salsīcia (compare Spanish salchicha, Italian salsiccia), neuter plural of salsīcius (seasoned with salt), derivative of Latin salsus (salted), from sal (salt). More at salt. See also Sicilian sausizza.



sausage (countable and uncountable, plural sausages)

  1. A food made of ground meat (or meat substitute) and seasoning, packed in a section of the animal's intestine, or in a similarly cylindrical shaped synthetic casing; a length of this food.
  2. A sausage-shaped thing.
  3. (vulgar slang) Penis.
  4. (informal) A term of endearment.
    my little sausage
    • 2019, Paullina Simons, Inexpressible Island (End of Forever):
      “Algernon, you silly sausage. Now you want to marry me? Don't you remember we were already engaged to be married, and then I broke it off with you?”
  5. (military, archaic) A saucisse.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of 1881, Thomas Wilhelm, "A Military Dictionary and Gazetteer" to this entry?)



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sausage (third-person singular simple present sausages, present participle sausaging, simple past and past participle sausaged)

  1. (engineering) To form a sausage-like shape, with a non-uniform cross section.


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