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


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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


We ate bacon and eggs for breakfast.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Just needs the bacon just right and the blue cheese not too fancy but also just right. Sam Sifton, New York Times, "Wedge Salads Don’t Need Gussying, Just the Proper Assembly," 2 July 2018 Add the bacon; cook until fat begins to render, 8-10 minutes. Joe Gray,, "Savory meets sweet as summer fruit transforms into stellar ice cream toppings," 2 July 2018 Few voters cared about what Cantor had done for his constituents in central Virginia — or the bacon Crowley brought back for Queens and the Bronx. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: Crowley going down spotlights the looming Democratic identity crisis," 27 June 2018 Also promised was a tomato smear which was seemingly absent on my compilation and would have rounded out the flavors of the dish as an element of acid was needed to cut through the richness of the thick cut bacon and creamy avocado. Lindsey Mcclave, The Courier-Journal, "You won't regret indulging at downtown Louisville's Atlantic No. 5," 9 May 2018 The half-pound burgers are a hit, like the southwest, which comes with fresh sliced avocado, pepper jack cheese, Applewood smoked bacon, lettuce, tomato and a bistro sauce. Jane Donahue, Naperville Sun, "Get a taste of Up North at new Naperville ale house," 10 July 2018 Though the series is now on summer break, during regular Friday and Saturday nights, eaters can indulge in dishes like mala instant noodles or bacon, egg, and chive scallion bing alongside a gin and chrysanthemum cocktail. Mary Wang, Vogue, "Could This Restaurant Be the Sweetgreen of Chinese Food?," 26 June 2018 Crispy bacon, flavorful mustard dressing, and carb-slashing cauliflower for the win. Lisa Lillien,, "Hungry Girl Shares Her Go-to Salad Recipe for Summer Cookouts," 25 June 2018 There's offerings like the Mexico City, with a beef hot dog, guacamole, chipotle crema, double smoked bacon, queso fresco and tortilla strips. Carol Motsinger,, "Where are the country's best hot dogs? Some are in Cincinnati, says Travel Channel," 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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