Sausage is a food made from meat that's minced or ground, flavored with seasonings, and encased in a thin skin. It's best not to think too much about what lives inside a sausage casing; just enjoy eating it.

There are many kinds of sausage, some of which are sold raw, some cooked, and others smoked, cured, or dried. Traditionally, sausages have been a way to avoid waste, by using the less appealing parts of a butchered pig or cow, and a practical way to preserve meat so that it doesn't have to be cooked immediately or frozen. In the mid-fifteenth century, the word was spelled sawsyge, from a Latin root, salsus, or "salted."

Definitions of sausage
  1. noun
    highly seasoned minced meat stuffed in casings
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    black pudding, blood pudding, blood sausage
    a black sausage containing pig's blood and other ingredients
    Bologna sausage, bologna
    a large smooth-textured smoked sausage of beef and veal and pork
    a small thin sausage
    a spicy Spanish pork sausage
    dog, frank, frankfurter, hot dog, hotdog, weenie, wiener, wienerwurst
    a smooth-textured sausage of minced beef or pork usually smoked; often served on a bread roll
    sausage or jellied loaf made of chopped parts of the head meat and sometimes feet and tongue of a calf or pig
    knackwurst, knockwurst
    short thick highly seasoned sausage
    liver pudding, liver sausage, liverwurst
    sausage containing ground liver
    a pork and beef sausage (or a thin slice of this sausage)
    pork sausage
    sausage containing pork
    highly seasoned fatty sausage of pork and beef usually dried
    pork trimmings chopped and pickled and jelled
    Vienna sausage
    short slender frankfurter usually with ends cut off
    another name for Bologna sausage
    (British informal) pork sausage
    brat, bratwurst
    a small pork sausage
    a highly seasoned Portuguese pork sausage flavored with garlic and onions
    a ready-cooked and highly seasoned pork sausage
    type of:
    the flesh of animals (including fishes and birds and snails) used as food
  2. noun
    a small nonrigid airship used for observation or as a barrage balloon
    synonyms: blimp, sausage balloon
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    airship, dirigible
    a steerable self-propelled aircraft
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