Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Finely chopped and seasoned meat, especially pork, usually stuffed into a prepared animal intestine or other casing and cooked or cured.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A food made of ground meat (or meat substitute) and seasoning, packed in a cylindrical casing. Also a length of sausage, or an example of a sausage.
  • n. A sausage-shaped thing.
  • n. Penis.
  • n. A term of endearment.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An article of food consisting of meat (esp. pork) minced and highly seasoned, and inclosed in a cylindrical case or skin usually made of the prepared intestine of some animal.
  • n. A saucisson. See Saucisson.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An article of food, consisting usually of chopped or minced meat, as pork, beef, or veal, seasoned with sage, pepper, salt, etc., and stuffed into properly cleaned entrails of the ox, sheep, or pig, tied or constricted at short intervals. When sausages are made on an extensive scale the meat is minced and stuffed into the intestines by machinery.
  • n. In milit. mining, a canvas tube filled with powder.
  • n. plural A commercial name for crude rubber in finger- or sausage-shaped pieces. See rubber, 3.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. highly seasoned minced meat stuffed in casings
  • n. a small nonrigid airship used for observation or as a barrage balloon

Etymologies

Middle English sausige, from Anglo-Norman sausiche, from Vulgar Latin *salsīcia, from Late Latin, neuter pl. of salsīcius, prepared by salting, from salsus, salted; see sauce.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From late Middle English sausige, from Anglo-Norman saussiche (compare Jèrriais 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. (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • I wonder if snausages are tinny.

    September 17, 2009

  • A friend of mine who likes sn- words like snout, snore, sniffle, and snort, likes to call sausages "snausages" as a nod to the pork content of same.

    September 17, 2009

  • See also makkara.

    November 16, 2008

  • The best pizza topping ever.

    February 18, 2007

  • see also--when good sausages get together to hang out--sausage fest

    February 18, 2007