ba·​con | \ˈbā-kən, 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


biographical name (1)
Ba·​con | \ˈbā-kən \

Definition of Bacon (Entry 2 of 5)

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


biographical name (2)

Definition of Bacon (Entry 3 of 5)

Francis 1909–1992 British (Irish-born) painter


biographical name (3)

Definition of Bacon (Entry 4 of 5)

Nathaniel 1647–1676 American colonial leader


biographical name (4)

Definition of Bacon (Entry 5 of 5)

Roger circa 1220–1292 English philosopher and scientist

Examples of bacon in a Sentence


We ate bacon and eggs for breakfast.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The Jurassic World Burger, served on a black bun, comes with mushrooms, bacon and a side of fries. Caroline Judelson, Fox News, "'Jurassic World' restaurant opening in Japan with scary, dinosaur-themed food," 3 July 2018 Menu highlights include kimchi pancakes and bacon-and-sweet-corn hash. Jody Rosen, Smithsonian, "This Secret Corner of California Is a Paradise for Lovers of Great Food and Top-Notch Wines," 14 June 2018 Double doughnut mac and cheese burger with bacon, anyone? Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "Insane new Indiana State Fair foods that will complete your summer," 9 July 2018 The Room-Service Breakfast Sandwich Public, Chicago The Platonic ideal of a breakfast sandwich executed just right by Jean-Georges Vongerichten: an egg sammy with bacon, spinach, and pepper Jack. The Editors Of Gq, GQ, "How to Cure a Hangover: A Drinker’s Guide to Surviving the Morning After," 29 June 2018 Rocket Paloma is playing the Saloon on Calhoun with bacon, 17000 W. Capitol Drive, Brookfield, at 7 p.m. July 12. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "21 Things-to-do in the western suburbs in July," 29 June 2018 Minnesota’s interfaith community is standing in solidarity with a Rochester mosque after reports that the Islamic center was vandalized with bacon over the weekend. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: Five times Anthony Kennedy was the fifth vote shows the significance of his retirement," 28 June 2018 The regular menu also offers the pasta with bacon and caramelized onion. Claire Perez,, "Burt & Max's decadent mac and cheese is better than Mom's," 22 June 2018 On their own, the Brussels sprouts made for a good cooked salad with bacon and blue cheese, crowned with a fried egg and its golden yolk. Mike Sutter, San Antonio Express-News, "Review: The Winchester British pub fires blanks on Broadway," 21 June 2018

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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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ba·​con | \ˈbā-kən \

Kids Definition of bacon

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

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