city in north-central Italy, famous during the Middle Ages for its university, 16c. for its painters, from Latin Bononia, which either represents Gaulish bona "foundation, fortress," or Boii, the name of the Gaulish people who occupied the region 4c. B.C.E. As a large type of sausage first made there, 1850, from bologna sausage (1590s). Also see baloney.
updated on November 11, 2017