: the fresh or salted flesh of swine when dressed for food
: 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 Susan Noles Serves: 15 people (which amounts to about 2 meatballs each, slightly bigger than a golf ball) Ingredients: 1 lb. ground veal 1 lb. ground pork 1 lb. Jessica Radloff, Glamour, 16 Nov. 2023 It’s traditionally made by simmering pork with chiles and hominy (hulled corn kernels), but adding venison to the pot lends the stew a richer and more vibrant character. Jonathan Miles, Field & Stream, 15 Nov. 2023 Country ham is pork that’s been dry-cured with salt and preservatives. Sheri Castle, Southern Living, 9 Nov. 2023 The company is able to freeze authenticity into its pork, chicken, and shrimp and pork soup dumplings. WIRED, 8 Nov. 2023 Remove pork from marinade, wipe off, and discard any excess. Antonia Debianchi, Peoplemag, 7 Nov. 2023 The marinade works well with chicken, pork and tofu, too, or use it as a stir-fry sauce. Matt Brooks, Washington Post, 26 Oct. 2023 Its restaurant, Vis-à-Vis, offers Swiss-centric meals made with local ingredients, including Swiss salmon trout, fondue, and pork cordon bleu. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, 3 Nov. 2023 An example might be that all of the guests have a choice of roast chicken or a pork chop, but the groom has ordered himself a 20-ounce porterhouse. Jacobina Martin, Washington Post, 31 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
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 28 Nov. 2023.

Kids Definition


ˈpō(ə)rk How to pronounce pork (audio)
: the flesh of a pig used for food
: government funds, jobs, or favors distributed by politicians to gain political advantage

Middle English pork "meat from a pig," from early French porc "pig," from Latin porcus "pig" — related to porcupine, porpoise see Word History at porpoise

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