General English


  • Chopped or minced meat, seasoned, possibly mixed with spices, herbs, flavouring agents, extenders and binders, all stuffed into a casing usually of cleaned intestines, may then be boiled, scalded, cured, dried, smoked or any combination of these before sale. The name probably derived from the Latin salsisium, meaning salted, i.e. preserved.


  • noun a tube of edible skin filled with minced and seasoned pork or other meat

Origin & History of “sausage”

A sausage is etymologically a dish made by ‘salting’. The word comes via Old Northern French saussiche from late Latin salsīcia, a noun use of the neuter plural of salsīcius ‘made by salting’. this in turn was based on Latin salsus ‘salted’, a derivative of sāl ‘salt’. The earliest record of the use of sausage dog for ‘dachshund’ (an allusion to its cylindrical shape, and also perhaps to the Germans’ supposed liking for sausages) dates from the late 1930s.