ba·​con ˈbā-kən How to pronounce bacon (audio)
 sometimes  -kᵊŋ
: a side of a pig cured and smoked
also : the thin strips cut from bacon
: thin strips of meat other than pork that is cured and smoked
turkey bacon
: 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.
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Word History


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

First Known Use

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

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

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Cite this Entry

“Bacon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


ba·​con ˈbā-kən How to pronounce bacon (audio)
: salted and smoked meat from the sides and the back of a pig
: money gained through employment or legislation
bring home the bacon

Biographical Definition

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Ba·​con ˈbā-kən How to pronounce Bacon (audio)
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)
English philosopher


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Francis 1909–1992 British (Irish-born) painter


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Nathaniel 1647–1676 American colonial leader


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Roger circa 1220–1292 English philosopher and scientist

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