\ ˈpȯrk How to pronounce pork (audio) \

Definition of pork

1 : the fresh or salted flesh of swine when dressed for food
2 : government funds, jobs, or favors distributed by politicians to gain political advantage

Examples of pork in a Sentence

We need to cut the pork out of the federal budget.

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There's no pumpkin in this pork: It's mixed with cinnamon, clove, allspice and nutmeg, according to the spokesperson. Scottie Andrew, CNN, "Pumpkin Spice Spam is coming, and you know what? It sounds pretty good," 15 Aug. 2019 It’s only been part of France since 1945, and the borderland’s dual heritage explains the whimsical blend of architecture (kaleidoscopic houses in timber framing), cuisine (pork-heavy, with thick sauces and lots of sauerkraut), and culture. Tyler Moss, Condé Nast Traveler, "An Autumnal Road Trip Through Alsace Wine Country," 13 Aug. 2019 While Hindu among them objected to delivering beef dishes, Muslims protested against pork. Manavi Kapur, Quartz India, "Zomato says it’s impossible to factor in veg and non-veg preferences into delivery logistics," 11 Aug. 2019 In 2003, John Kerry, the eventual Democratic nominee, managed to avoid every stall selling Iowa’s mouthwatering pork, funnel cakes, glistening sausages and local craft beer. J.f. | Des Moines, The Economist, "Nearly two dozen presidential candidates descend on Iowa," 9 Aug. 2019 For crocodiles, a cowbell means there’s pork waiting at the barn. Kathleen Christiansen, orlandosentinel.com, "Disney: Animal Kingdom cast members share facts on Wild Africa Trek," 8 Aug. 2019 The pork is tender and the beans are packed with flavour. Anastasia Miari, 1843, "Magic grannies are stopping Cuba going hungry," 7 Aug. 2019 And, really, so many roasts, such as pork loin or duck or capon, are made even more delicious with the addition of apricots or plums. Bill St. John, The Denver Post, "Stone fruits: Everything you need to know," 7 Aug. 2019 Across the country at CAS’s Institute of Zoology in Beijing, geneticist Zhao Jianguo—another Prather alumnus—uses CRISPR to engineer improved pigs for the pork industry. Jon Cohen, Science | AAAS, "China’s CRISPR push in animals promises better meat, novel therapies, and pig organs for people," 31 July 2019

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First Known Use of pork

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for pork

Middle English, from Anglo-French porc pig, from Latin porcus — more at farrow

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English Language Learners Definition of pork

: the meat of a pig that is used for food
US, informal + disapproving : government money that is spent on projects done to help the political careers of elected officials


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Kids Definition of pork

: the meat of a pig used for food

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