Is a hot dog a sandwich?

It's hard to address this question definitively-but we're certainly going to try.

Merriam-Webster defines a sandwich as "two or more slices of bread or a split roll having a filling in between." A hot dog certainly fits every part of that description.

However, dictionaries are designed to describe how we use the English language, but they don't necessarily tell us how to use words. That's why dictionaries change every year. To truly determine whether a hot dog is a sandwich, we should look to another source.

The National Hot Dog and Sausage Council (NHDSC), a trade organization formed by the American Meat Institute, says that hot dogs are officially their "own thing," and they're not to be confused with sandwiches under any circumstances.

Their reasoning: The words "hot dog" aren't used the same way as the word "sandwich."

"If you were watching a great athlete showing off during a game, you don't call him a sandwich," the NHDSC's website notes. "Imagine being at the ballpark with the organ playing, the crowd cheering and a vendor walking through the stands saying 'Sandwich, get your sandwich here!'"

Granted, the NHDSC is biased-if hot dogs were classified as sandwiches, the organization would probably have to add a few more letters to its sizable acronym. Still, they make a good point: People don't really think of hot dogs as sandwiches.

Food blog The Takeout interviewed 34 actors, musicians, athletes, radio personalities, and journalists, and the vast majority (55.9 percent) said that hot dogs definitely aren't sandwiches. Only 26.5 percent said that hot dogs definitely are sandwiches (the rest fell somewhere in the middle, and one voter abstained from answering the question).

A larger survey from Public Policy Polling found that 34 percent of American voters believe that a hot dog is a sandwich, while 51 percent say it is not. The poll (released just in time for April Fool's Day, 2016) noted that Republicans and Democrats didn't differ notably in their responses.

So, there you have it; a hot dog is not a sandwich. Unless, of course, you want to make the case that it is-you can use the English language any way you'd like, as long as you're making sense.

A hotdog is more like a meal. ...The history of the hotdog began in 1500 B.C. in Babylonia ; while the history of the sandwich began in 1760A.D. in England by John Montagu (fourth earl of Sanwich, and British first lord of the Admiralty for the duration of the American Revolution).

If you define 'sandwich' as being a filling between two slices of bread, then yes, it is.