Definition of sausage in English:



  • 1A cylindrical length of minced and seasoned pork, beef, or other meat encased in a skin, typically sold raw to be grilled, boiled, or fried before eating.

    • ‘Where do you find the best value baked beans, sausages, ketchup and white sliced bread?’
    • ‘Though our story is about poultry, it could just as easily be about the pork chop, sausages, or salami sticks in your shopping basket.’
    • ‘This simple pasta dish combines pork sausages with fresh fennel bulbs in a soft, subtly anise-flavoured sauce for spaghetti.’
    • ‘Monday was the day for boudin; Tuesday for andouillettes and chitterling sausages.’
    • ‘I would also be happy to drink this midweek with sausages or grilled lamb chops.’
    • ‘There was a hot breakfast, a choice of bacon, eggs, toast, spaghetti, baked beans, porridge sausages and hash browns.’
    • ‘Fry the sausage, or grill if you prefer (I do not), till the skin is golden brown with a few black patches, and swollen to bursting.’
    • ‘This box for four came with moreish sausages, slightly flavourless burgers, good steaks, chicken drumsticks.’
    • ‘I had a soft, steaming mound of it with some of the butcher's pork and leek sausages the other day, but it would have gone just as well with a Sunday roast.’
    • ‘A chef was stationed at one end to cook omelettes and serve bacon, sausages and black pudding.’
    • ‘Another popular dish is botillo, composed of minced pork and sausages.’
    • ‘There was a man in the kitchen grilling sausages when he arrived in search of breakfast.’
    • ‘In medieval Europe pork was certainly the meat most used in sausages, and pepper was the most common spice.’
    • ‘The centrepiece is a bowl of stewed black beans, pork on the bone, pork sausages, chunks of beef, and garlic fried to a crispy gold.’
    • ‘It would be a delicious side for sausages, roasted pork, or roasted chicken, and it would make a welcome bed for a poached egg.’
    • ‘Squeeze the sausage meat out of the sausages and discard the skins.’
    • ‘Place the pork, bacon, sausages, and chopped yellow onion in a large baking pan.’
    • ‘Take half a pound of pork sausages from the freezer and thaw in microwave.’
    • ‘What goes into sausages is top quality meat, cut away when we chop the prime joints from a carcass and then trim the special cuts in the shop.’
    • ‘She could smell bacon and sausages grilling in the distance and the smell of stew.’
    1. 1.1 Minced and seasoned meat that has been encased in a skin and cooked or preserved, sold mainly to be eaten cold in slices.
      ‘smoked German sausage’
      • ‘A good selection of chorizo - spicy cured pork sausage - is now available here, although some are spicier than others.’
      • ‘The slices of deep red sausage had the pungent flavour of barbecued pork, quite similar to a sweet beef jerky.’
      • ‘A craving for smoked sausages and cabbage rolls can definitely be satisfied here.’
      • ‘The cooked turkey ham or smoked turkey sausage can be quickly sliced onto an entrée.’
      • ‘I was delighted to find a wide selection of smoked meats, patés, prosciutto, sausages and cheeses.’
      • ‘Mortadella originated in Bologna, and is made with ground heat-cured pork sausage with lard pieces, then flavored with garlic and anise seed.’
      • ‘Pigs are usually slaughtered before Christmas, smoked, made into sausage, and preserved for use throughout the year.’
      • ‘The sandwich is a slice of black or white bread with butter and cheese or sausage, slices of fresh tomato, radish, or cucumber.’
      • ‘They come with a spicy dipping sauce and rounds of thinly sliced liverwurst-style sausage.’
      • ‘Slice up pieces of Italian sausage onto a bed of lentils.’
      • ‘This is a seasoned smoked sausage made of mixed meats, such as beef, pork, and veal.’
      • ‘Try salty, spicy or smoked meats, such as ham, sausage, cold cuts or wieners.’
      • ‘Roggen or rye beers make suitable escorts for the highly spiced style of pastrami, fennel, or pepper riddled salami and sausage.’
      • ‘The buffet is packed with stuff like sirloin, pork, shrimp, calamari, chicken, andouille and smoked sausage, as well as hamburger and hot dogs.’
      • ‘‘They also kept the customs of smoking fish and smoking sausage, which they called kielbasa,’ Ray says.’
      • ‘Slice the chorizo sausages thickly, on the diagonal.’
      • ‘This is one of my favourite country soups, based on the classic French garbure, a rustic dish of cabbage, bacon and sliced sausage.’
      • ‘You've got crusty Italian bread slices topped with pepper jelly and andouille sausage in the middle.’
      • ‘All had a big hearth in the kitchen with an overhanging chimney used to smoke hams and sausage as well as to cook and heat.’
      • ‘The menu here is diverse and includes albacore ceviche, crispy pizza with chorizo sausage, and Muscovy duck confit with white beans.’
    2. 1.2usually as modifier Used in references to the characteristic cylindrical shape of sausages.
      ‘mold into a sausage shape’
      • ‘Wet your hands well with cold water, and form the mixture into small, flattened sausage shapes about 8cm long.’
      • ‘Tie the ends tightly with string to form the foie gras into a sausage shape.’
      • ‘Form into sausage shapes and use to fill the courgettes.’
      • ‘The Tudors got over this by wrapping the mixture in the gut of a pig and cooking it in a sausage shape.’
      • ‘He saw the soldiers and the land-girls, the silver sausage shapes of the barrage balloons in the sky, the occasional flight of marauder or defender aeroplanes droning aloft.’
      • ‘She had golden blonde hair worn in thick sausage curls.’
      • ‘Roll the rabbit in a sausage shape and take the serrano ham.’
      • ‘Twist the ends like a cracker and then roll the parcel backwards and forwards to create a sausage shape about the thickness of a 50p piece.’
      • ‘Scoop out on to a large sheet of cling-film and, using well-washed hands, shape into a long sausage shape about 5cm thick.’


Late Middle English: from Old Northern French saussiche, from medieval Latin salsicia, from Latin salsus ‘salted’ (see sauce).