Definition of sausage in US 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.

    • ‘There was a man in the kitchen grilling sausages when he arrived in search of breakfast.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Take half a pound of pork sausages from the freezer and thaw in microwave.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A chef was stationed at one end to cook omelettes and serve bacon, sausages and black pudding.’
    • ‘Squeeze the sausage meat out of the sausages and discard the skins.’
    • ‘In medieval Europe pork was certainly the meat most used in sausages, and pepper was the most common spice.’
    • ‘Another popular dish is botillo, composed of minced pork and sausages.’
    • ‘This box for four came with moreish sausages, slightly flavourless burgers, good steaks, chicken drumsticks.’
    • ‘Monday was the day for boudin; Tuesday for andouillettes and chitterling sausages.’
    • ‘She could smell bacon and sausages grilling in the distance and the smell of stew.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I would also be happy to drink this midweek with sausages or grilled lamb chops.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Place the pork, bacon, sausages, and chopped yellow onion in a large baking pan.’
    • ‘Where do you find the best value baked beans, sausages, ketchup and white sliced bread?’
    • ‘There was a hot breakfast, a choice of bacon, eggs, toast, spaghetti, baked beans, porridge sausages and hash browns.’
    • ‘It would be a delicious side for sausages, roasted pork, or roasted chicken, and it would make a welcome bed for a poached egg.’
    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’
      • ‘‘They also kept the customs of smoking fish and smoking sausage, which they called kielbasa,’ Ray says.’
      • ‘The sandwich is a slice of black or white bread with butter and cheese or sausage, slices of fresh tomato, radish, or cucumber.’
      • ‘I was delighted to find a wide selection of smoked meats, patés, prosciutto, sausages and cheeses.’
      • ‘This is one of my favourite country soups, based on the classic French garbure, a rustic dish of cabbage, bacon and sliced sausage.’
      • ‘Roggen or rye beers make suitable escorts for the highly spiced style of pastrami, fennel, or pepper riddled salami and sausage.’
      • ‘The cooked turkey ham or smoked turkey sausage can be quickly sliced onto an entrée.’
      • ‘The menu here is diverse and includes albacore ceviche, crispy pizza with chorizo sausage, and Muscovy duck confit with white beans.’
      • ‘Try salty, spicy or smoked meats, such as ham, sausage, cold cuts or wieners.’
      • ‘A craving for smoked sausages and cabbage rolls can definitely be satisfied here.’
      • ‘Slice the chorizo sausages thickly, on the diagonal.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘You've got crusty Italian bread slices topped with pepper jelly and andouille sausage in the middle.’
      • ‘Slice up pieces of Italian sausage onto a bed of lentils.’
      • ‘The buffet is packed with stuff like sirloin, pork, shrimp, calamari, chicken, andouille and smoked sausage, as well as hamburger and hot dogs.’
      • ‘Mortadella originated in Bologna, and is made with ground heat-cured pork sausage with lard pieces, then flavored with garlic and anise seed.’
      • ‘They come with a spicy dipping sauce and rounds of thinly sliced liverwurst-style sausage.’
      • ‘This is a seasoned smoked sausage made of mixed meats, such as beef, pork, and veal.’
      • ‘Pigs are usually slaughtered before Christmas, smoked, made into sausage, and preserved for use throughout the year.’
      • ‘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.’
    2. 1.2usually as modifier Used in references to the characteristic cylindrical shape of sausages.
      ‘mold into 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.’
      • ‘Scoop out on to a large sheet of cling-film and, using well-washed hands, shape into a long sausage shape about 5cm thick.’
      • ‘The Tudors got over this by wrapping the mixture in the gut of a pig and cooking it in a sausage shape.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Roll the rabbit in a sausage shape and take the serrano ham.’
      • ‘She had golden blonde hair worn in thick sausage curls.’
      • ‘Tie the ends tightly with string to form the foie gras into a sausage shape.’
      • ‘Wet your hands well with cold water, and form the mixture into small, flattened sausage shapes about 8cm long.’
      • ‘Form into sausage shapes and use to fill the courgettes.’


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