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

Definition of bacon

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

Examples of bacon in a Sentence

We ate bacon and eggs for breakfast.
Recent Examples on the Web Slice 1 large heirloom tomato the same thickness as the bacon, for balance. Paul Kita, Men's Health, 21 Sep. 2022 Here, Buffalo hot sauce brings out the sweetness in corn that’s been seared in savory bacon fat. Ben Mims, Los Angeles Times, 21 Aug. 2022 Add garlic to the bacon fat; cook, stirring constantly, until just golden, about 1 minute. People Staff,, 1 Aug. 2022 Omelets, frittatas and crepes are included, with traditional brunch items such as bacon and sausage, a hash brown bake, whipped sweet potatoes, fruit and pastry. Elaine Rewolinski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 29 Apr. 2022 Rising costs for everyday foods such as bacon and fruit have raised concerns about inflation. Jaewon Kang, WSJ, 24 Jan. 2022 Lucy Cooper’s opened in 2018 near U.S. 281 and Thousand Oaks and found success with such unique menu items as clothesline bacon and tin can nachos, as well as a large variety of pizzas, burgers, shrimp boils and chicken wings. Chuck Blount, San Antonio Express-News, 17 Nov. 2021 In February, country singer and vlogger Adley Stump shared a video documenting the creation of what can only be described as bacon, corn, and Oreo casserole. Lydia Wang,, 2 June 2021 Then, scour your fridge for your favorite toppings, such as bacon, fresh herbs, a little paprika, your choice! The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, 4 Mar. 2021 See More

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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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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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Roger circa 1220–1292 English philosopher and scientist

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