\ 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.
Recent Examples on the Web The new menu will include pulled chicken and pulled pork as well as sausage dishes, as the younger Kolesari makes homemade sausage with fresh meat from a local butcher. Cathy Kozlowicz, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 19 Nov. 2021 His mouthwatering ribs, chicken and pulled pork are finger lickin’ good. Essence, 28 Oct. 2021 Kits include pork loin or turkey (both $85) or lasagna bolognese ($75). Keith Pandolfi, The Enquirer, 17 Nov. 2021 According to data from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the global average GHG emissions intensities for beef, milk, chicken, eggs, and pork have all declined between 30-60% from 1961 to 2017. Jeff Simmons, Fortune, 16 Nov. 2021 In the pork segment, sales grew 20% to $1.65 billion. Nathan Owens, Arkansas Online, 16 Nov. 2021 Eating undercooked pork and being around unsanitary conditions are two of the most common ways to get a tapeworm. Washington Post, 16 Nov. 2021 During that same period, prices for the company's pork and chicken surged 38% and 19%, respectively. Kate Gibson, CBS News, 16 Nov. 2021 ButcherBox offers grass-fed beef, free-range organic chicken, pork raised crate-free and sustainably sourced seafood. Louis Biscotti, Forbes, 15 Nov. 2021

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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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The first known use of pork was in the 14th century

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“Pork.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pork. Accessed 5 Dec. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of pork

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


\ ˈpȯrk How to pronounce pork (audio) \

Kids Definition of pork

: the meat of a pig used for food

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