Meaning of sausage in English:


Pronunciation /ˈsɒsɪdʒ/

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  • 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).