Meaning of sausage in English:



  • 1An item of food in the form of a cylindrical length of minced pork or other meat encased in a skin, typically sold raw to be grilled or fried before eating.

    • ‘Though our story is about poultry, it could just as easily be about the pork chop, sausages, or salami sticks in your shopping basket.’
    • ‘In medieval Europe pork was certainly the meat most used in sausages, and pepper was the most common spice.’
    • ‘This simple pasta dish combines pork sausages with fresh fennel bulbs in a soft, subtly anise-flavoured sauce for spaghetti.’
    • ‘Squeeze the sausage meat out of the sausages and discard the skins.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Take half a pound of pork sausages from the freezer and thaw in microwave.’
    • ‘I would also be happy to drink this midweek with sausages or grilled lamb chops.’
    • ‘Where do you find the best value baked beans, sausages, ketchup and white sliced bread?’
    • ‘This box for four came with moreish sausages, slightly flavourless burgers, good steaks, chicken drumsticks.’
    • ‘A chef was stationed at one end to cook omelettes and serve bacon, sausages and black pudding.’
    • ‘Monday was the day for boudin; Tuesday for andouillettes and chitterling sausages.’
    • ‘Place the pork, bacon, sausages, and chopped yellow onion in a large baking pan.’
    • ‘She could smell bacon and sausages grilling in the distance and the smell of stew.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There was a hot breakfast, a choice of bacon, eggs, toast, spaghetti, baked beans, porridge sausages and hash browns.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 1.1mass noun Minced and seasoned meat encased in a skin and cooked or preserved, sold mainly to be eaten cold in slices.
      ‘smoked German sausage’
      • ‘The buffet is packed with stuff like sirloin, pork, shrimp, calamari, chicken, andouille and smoked sausage, as well as hamburger and hot dogs.’
      • ‘Pigs are usually slaughtered before Christmas, smoked, made into sausage, and preserved for use throughout the year.’
      • ‘Try salty, spicy or smoked meats, such as ham, sausage, cold cuts or wieners.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The slices of deep red sausage had the pungent flavour of barbecued pork, quite similar to a sweet beef jerky.’
      • ‘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 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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘A good selection of chorizo - spicy cured pork sausage - is now available here, although some are spicier than others.’
      • ‘Mortadella originated in Bologna, and is made with ground heat-cured pork sausage with lard pieces, then flavored with garlic and anise seed.’
      • ‘‘They also kept the customs of smoking fish and smoking sausage, which they called kielbasa,’ Ray says.’
      • ‘Slice up pieces of Italian sausage onto a bed of lentils.’
      • ‘I was delighted to find a wide selection of smoked meats, patés, prosciutto, sausages and cheeses.’
      • ‘Slice the chorizo sausages thickly, on the diagonal.’
      • ‘This is a seasoned smoked sausage made of mixed meats, such as beef, pork, and veal.’
      • ‘A craving for smoked sausages and cabbage rolls can definitely be satisfied here.’
    2. 1.2usually as modifier An object shaped like a sausage.
      ‘her hair hung in glossy black sausage curls’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Form into sausage shapes and use to fill the courgettes.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Scoop out on to a large sheet of cling-film and, using well-washed hands, shape into a long sausage shape about 5cm thick.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The Tudors got over this by wrapping the mixture in the gut of a pig and cooking it in a sausage shape.’
      • ‘She had golden blonde hair worn in thick sausage curls.’
  • 2British informal Used as an affectionate form of address, especially to a child.

    ‘‘Silly sausage,’ he teased’
    • ‘However, he became such a silly sausage later on that I can't nominate any of his songs as my all time favourite.’


    not a sausage
    British informal
    • Nothing at all.

      ‘we heard nothing: not a sausage, not a mutter, not a murmur from the minister’
      • ‘It was zero, zippo, zilch, not a sausage, and not a single bill.’
      • ‘The season after they secured their 1976 treble, the team won not a sausage, losing to FC Zurich in the first round of the European Cup.’
      • ‘When asked about his fee for opening the store, he allegedly replied: ‘Not a sausage, I say, not a sausage.’’
      • ‘There was not a mutter, not a murmur, not a sausage.’
      • ‘And there's not a sausage I can do about the UK's current gym-centric fantasy.’
      • ‘They have been working on it for 15 years, and they still have not come up with any answers - not a sausage.’
      • ‘We heard nothing: not a sausage, not a mutter, not a murmur from the Minister.’


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