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Russian sausage making


From late Middle English sawsiche, from Anglo-Norman sausiche (compare Norman saûciche), from Late Latin salsīcia (compare Sicilian sausizza, Spanish salchicha, Italian salsiccia), feminine of salsīcius (seasoned with salt), derivative of Latin salsus (salted), from sal (salt). More at salt. Doublet of saucisse. See also Sicilian sausizza. Displaced native Old English mearh.



sausage (countable and uncountable, plural sausages)

  1. A food made of ground meat (or meat substitute) and seasoning, packed in a section of the animal's intestine, or in a similarly cylindrical shaped synthetic casing; a length of this food.
  2. A sausage-shaped thing.
  3. (vulgar slang) Penis.
  4. (informal) A term of endearment.
    my little sausage
    • 2019, Paullina Simons, Inexpressible Island (End of Forever):
      “Algernon, you silly sausage. Now you want to marry me? Don't you remember we were already engaged to be married, and then I broke it off with you?”
  5. (military, archaic) A saucisse.[2]



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sausage (third-person singular simple present sausages, present participle sausaging, simple past and past participle sausaged)

  1. (engineering) To form a sausage-like shape, with a non-uniform cross section.


  1. ^ Jespersen, Otto (1909) A Modern English Grammar on Historical Principles (Germanischer Elementar- und Handbücher; 9)‎[1], volume I: Sounds and Spellings, London: George Allen & Unwin, published 1961, § 10.82, page 315.
  2. ^ 1881, Thomas Wilhelm, A Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

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