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

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 Drizzle the vegetables with the reserved bacon grease and sprinkle evenly with salt and pepper. Jessica Yadegaran, The Mercury News, "Fourth of July recipe: Grilled Jalapeno, Corn and Idaho Potato Salad," 1 July 2019 Add sour cream, cheddar cheese, chives, bacon bits and pepper. Dallas News, "Fort Worth's Heim Barbecue shares recipes for the perfect cookout side dishes," 1 July 2019 Monterey Jack cheese, buttermilk, raw ground beef, macaroni and cheese and raw bacon at improper temperatures. | Corrected. Ebony Day, azcentral, "Expired salsa, potato salad, ham and habanero sauce among violations in this week's restaurant inspections," 26 June 2019 Rounding out the burger is bacon bits from Saad meats, McClure’s brand bread and butter pickles, lettuce and a farm fresh egg. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Top 5 burgers to try in metro Detroit this summer," 25 June 2019 In reaction to a promotional Tweet about the new, limited-time, bacon-topped, double burger, outgoing Kansas City, Missouri, Mayor Sly James tweeted the below: James wasn't alone in expressing his dismay. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, "Kansas City Mayor Shares His Thoughts on McDonald's UK "Kansas City Stack" Burger," 21 June 2019 Order Smokin' Stout, a maple-bacon breakfast milk stout, or the house Pilsner. Kathy Flanigan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin loves beer so much that even the smallest towns have breweries," 12 June 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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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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