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

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 ˈver-(y)ə-ləm (audio)\ Viscount St. Albans \ sānt-​ˈȯl-​bənz How to pronounce sānt-ˈȯl-bənz (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


We ate bacon and eggs for breakfast.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Add the shallot to the bacon fat in the skillet and cook until soft, about 3 minutes. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "This deserves to be your summer’s go-to bacon salad," 19 June 2019 Add the shallot to the bacon fat in the skillet and cook until soft, about 3 minutes. Bonnie S. Benwick, The Denver Post, "This deserves to be your summer’s go-to bacon salad," 17 June 2019 Most traditional dish: Audubon Caterer & Events for its bacon, lettuce and Creole tomato wrap. Ann Maloney,, "How to taste Creole Tomato Festival winners on Day 2 of the fest," 9 June 2019 Cook the remaining batter, adding more bacon fat to the pan if needed. Krystyna Chávez, Marie Claire, "9 Easy Kentucky Derby Recipe Ideas You Can Whip Up In No Time," 3 May 2019 Heat bacon fat in pan over medium heat, and fry slices of cornmeal mush until lightly browned on both sides. Debbi Snook,, "Cornmeal mush fried in bacon fat from Ben Bebenroth (recipe)," 9 May 2018 Return pan to heat with 2 tablespoons of bacon fat. Ann Maloney,, "Grab a cookbook and join chef Kevin Belton in his new TV show," 3 Apr. 2018 Tonkotsu led the pack, with a pork-bone broth as much like a smoothie as a stock, dressed with pork belly rendered like bacon steak. Mike Sutter,, "Review: Kuriya @ Cherrity Bar delivers Japanese ramen with San Antonio charm," 3 July 2019 Banana bacon peanut butter speaks to Indiana excess, while the fireside s’mores flavor recalls family cook-outs that stretch into firefly nights. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "Westfield's new ice cream shop puts an entire sugar cream pie in ice cream," 2 July 2019

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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 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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