ba·​con | \ ˈbā-kən How to pronounce bacon (audio) , sometimes -kᵊŋ \

Definition of bacon

 (Entry 1 of 5)

1a : a side of a pig cured and smoked also : the thin strips cut from bacon
b : thin strips of meat other than pork that is cured and smoked turkey bacon
2 : money specifically : money gained through employment or legislation usually used in the phrase bring home the bacon


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Ba·​con | \ ˈbā-kən How to pronounce Bacon (audio) \

Definition of Bacon (Entry 2 of 5)

Francis 1561–1626 1st Baron Verulam \ ˈver-​(y)ə-​ləm How to pronounce Bacon (audio) \ Viscount St. Albans \ sānt-​ˈȯl-​bənz How to pronounce Bacon (audio) , sənt-​ \ English philosopher


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Definition of Bacon (Entry 3 of 5)

Francis 1909–1992 British (Irish-born) painter


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Definition of Bacon (Entry 4 of 5)

Nathaniel 1647–1676 American colonial leader


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Definition of Bacon (Entry 5 of 5)

Roger circa 1220–1292 English philosopher and scientist

Examples of bacon in a Sentence

Noun We ate bacon and eggs for breakfast.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Like free chips and salsa for dine-in customers and beans with as much sausage, bacon and chicharrones as beans. Mike Sutter,, "5 San Antonio pollos asados restaurants for great norteño-style Mexican grilled chicken," 30 July 2020 No matter, either, if those shrimp get fried, boiled, grilled, or browned in a whisper of bacon fat and then cradled in a heap of creamy grits. Stephanie Hunt, Southern Living, "The Ultimate South Carolina Shrimp Road Trip," 12 July 2020 Previous winners include habañero mango and bacon-and-waffle. Shannon Sutlief, Dallas News, "Fun things to do in July in Dallas-Fort Worth — online, outdoors and more," 2 July 2020 In a bowl, coat 4 strips of bacon, which are about 1/4-inch thick, with 8 teaspoons of light brown sugar and 2 teaspoons of bourbon (optional). cleveland, "Ice cream toppings to help you chill out this summer," 13 July 2020 Over the past few decades the Family Food Survey has tracked a gradual decline in the eating of eggs and bacon. The Economist, "Food Britons are defrosting decades-old diets," 11 July 2020 The same characters and images of bacon, eggs, waffles and pancakes are on the ceiling. Briana Rice, The Enquirer, "'The wait is over': Sugar n' Spice takes over former Joe's Diner in Over-the-Rhine," 9 July 2020 Fry bacon and chorizo in large skillet; remove meat and set aside. Mary Bergin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'Embracing the wider world': Spices sell quickly as coronavirus encourages home cooks," 8 July 2020 Our plates were usually topped with homemade flour tortillas filled with combinations of potato and egg, bacon and egg or, my favorite, beans and rice. Theresa Vargas, Washington Post, "For people of color, choosing which masks to put on, and which ones to take off, brings a challenge," 4 July 2020

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First Known Use of bacon


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for bacon


Middle English, from Anglo-French, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German bahho side of bacon, bah back — more at back

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The first known use of bacon was in the 14th century

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“Bacon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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ba·​con | \ ˈbā-kən How to pronounce bacon (audio) \

Kids Definition of bacon

: salted and smoked meat from the sides and the back of a pig

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