There two words in French for sausage!!

At least to make things easy - one is feminine and one is masculine.

And, one is hot and one is cold! But which word in French for sausage is which?

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The feminine one is usually hot, fresh and cooked!

la saucisse

Plural: les saucisses

a girl(f) says to her mum (f), "Enough SAUCE, CEASE now! Don't drown the darn sausage!" as she squirts ketchup all over the sausages.

french-for-sausage-is-la saucisse

la saucisse blanche = white sausage - very common, sometimes with added ingredients like potatoes, cheese, herbs (e.g. basil).
la (saucisse) merguez = spicy sausage.
la saucisse de Francfort = frankfurter sausage / hot dog sausage.
la saucisse de Strasbourg = knackwurst, like a red-skinned hot dog.

A typical meal from the Alsace region of north-east France is choucroute which is pickled cabbage (sauerkraut) and served with saucisse.


The masculine word in French for sausage refers to air-dried, cured, smoked, salami-type sausage, usually sliced and eaten cold.

le saucisson

Plural: les saucissons

a sorceror (m) pours SAUCES ON his salami-type sausage...

french-for-salami-type sausage-is-le-saucisson

These are usually bought in la charcuterie (delicatessen-type butcher). They come in a variety of sizes, shapes and flavours, usually pork and/or beef, but and also include ones like pressed ham sausage. You often see them on a cold meat platter, served with bread, salad and cheeses.

le sauscisson sec = dry salami-type.
le saucisson à l’ail = garlic sausage.

A famous saucisson in France is the "Bâton de Berger" from Justin de Bridou.

Other sausages:

le boudin (m) = blood sausage.


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  • Masculine nouns feature a male main character, and the voice recordings on these courses on their CD's is read by a male native French speaker. (Masculine nouns start with le, which means 'the'.
  • Feminine nouns feature a female main character and the voice recordings on these courses on their CD's is read by a female native French speaker. Feminine nouns start with la, which also means 'the'.
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