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 Fry bacon and chorizo in large skillet; remove meat and set aside. Mary Bergin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'Embracing the wider world': Spices sell quickly as coronavirus encourages home cooks," 8 July 2020 Our plates were usually topped with homemade flour tortillas filled with combinations of potato and egg, bacon and egg or, my favorite, beans and rice. Theresa Vargas, Washington Post, "For people of color, choosing which masks to put on, and which ones to take off, brings a challenge," 4 July 2020 Crispy Bacon-Studded Beef Burger: Fry 6 slices of bacon until crisp and crumble it before mixing into 1 1/2 pounds ground beef along with 3/4 teaspoon salt and 3/4 teaspoon pepper. Erin Booke, Dallas News, "5 fan-favorite burger recipes from Texas chefs and more," 3 July 2020 Our mac and cheese is a five-cheese bechemal sauce with cubed squash and bacon lardons and Plath's polish sausage. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, "Easy-to-miss Mackinaw City brewery's beloved food saved it during coronavirus," 3 July 2020 There’s also the famous Big Ass burger with lettuce, tomato, onions, pickles, bacon and fries ($16). Georgann Yara, The Arizona Republic, "21 metro Phoenix restaurants with deals and specials for 4th of July," 29 June 2020 Take your diner-loving dad to this classic spot for the straight forward Number Two special ($11.79): two eggs cooked any style, two strips of bacon, two sausage patties, two pancakes and a cup of Joe. Details: 4515 N. Seventh Ave. Georgann Yara, azcentral, "Father's Day 2020: 48 metro Phoenix restaurants with special deals for dine-in and takeout," 15 June 2020 The ingredients used in the stuffing often will require a little pre-cooking, especially when using bacon, one of the more popular options. Chuck Blount,, "Chuck’s Food Shack: How to make stuffed burgers at home," 8 June 2020 Compare the recipe at Seaside Brewery with the lighter, bacon-free version at Norma’s Ocean Diner nearby. Mark Ellwood, Condé Nast Traveler, "14 Best Road Trips in America," 22 June 2020

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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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“Bacon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jul. 2020.

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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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