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 The backstrap rouladen is another German dish that wraps pickle spears or cornichons with bacon and mustard-smeared backstrap, a popular cut for hunters. Amanda Albee, Dallas News, 13 July 2021 Hilton famously used an actual clothing iron — two, in fact — to make dinner, including bacon and quesadillas. Jolie Lash,, 12 July 2021 Considerably gentrified since their day, the store sells breakfast and lunch to go, including a Pollock burger served with lettuce, tomato, sautéed onion, bacon, and blue cheese., 7 July 2021 The noodles twirl on your fork and cling to the creamy sauce, rounded out with a little bacon and salty pecorino cheese. Andi Berlin, The Arizona Republic, 6 July 2021 The dish was scattered with cotija cheese, which added an extra richness beyond the bacon and creamy sauce. Andi Berlin, The Arizona Republic, 7 July 2021 Dates also play well with savory foods, such as bacon and prosciutto, rich cheeses and, surprisingly, celery. Jane Black, WSJ, 16 June 2021 Prices for bacon are also elevated in the San Francisco metro area, up to $6.82 from $6.55, and above the $5.71 paid in January of 2020. NBC News, 29 May 2021 Farrell advises to start simple, with something that has a lot of fat, like bacon. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 18 May 2021

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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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25 Jul 2021

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“Bacon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jul. 2021.

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More Definitions for bacon


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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