Definitions

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

  • n. A spicy smoked Polish sausage.

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  • n. A spicy, smoked sausage of a particular kind.

Etymologies

Polish kiełbasa, from East and West Slavic *kŭlbasa, from East Turkic kül bassï, grilled cutlet, from Turkic kül bastï : kül, coals, ashes + bastï, pressed (meat) (from basmaq, to press).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Polish kiełbasa, from East Turkic kül bassï, from Turkic kül bastï. Compare Ukrainian ковбаса (kovbasá, "sausage, kubasa"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • (Of course, there was also a time in my life when I wore bows in my hair -- but I prefer not to discuss that) And I have to agree that kielbasa is an excellent substitution.

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  • Pork came out very tender and the kielbasa was the best.

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  • This variation with the kielbasa was a tasty treat for us.

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  • I think a kielbasa is a particular style of sausage, isn't it?

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  • "There is so much more that can be done such as kielbasa, veggie trays with dip, football shaped cakes and more."

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  • Pretty soon you'll be one of those people who call "kielbasa" some bastardization like "kobassie".

    Mazurland Blog

  • The police had caught the drug dealers on wiretaps referring to "hot kielbasa," and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly explained, "the 'kielbasa' was really cocaine, and thanks to outstanding police work it's no longer available at the meat market."

    Gothamist

  • A sauce to be reckoned with graced some beautiful pork ribs and a kielbasa, served up with some red potato and dill tater salad, a chicken caesar pasta salad, marinated garlic, garlic mushrooms, and a couple different types of olives.

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  • Lots of laughter, lots of meat (good lord, we did burgers, ribs, kielbasa, and bratwurst, as well as a lot of grilled onions), lots of gaming talk, and a showing of Hellraiser 6: Hellseeker ... good times.

    Friday Pix

  • Can't miss dishes include the fresh boudin blanc or kielbasa, served simply with mustards $11.

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