\ 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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Place both sheets in oven and continue roasting until internal temperature of pork reaches 140°F, 10 to 15 minutes more. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Fennel and Thyme Pork Roast with Root Vegetables," 8 Mar. 2019 Mtsvadi, hunks of pork grilled over grapevines until crackling and drippy, are a specialty at Nikala, a no-frills roadside restaurant in Vardisubani next to Chateau Mere wine hotel. Benjamin Kemper, Condé Nast Traveler, "A Guide to Georgian Wine Country," 5 Sep. 2018 After their first night in the hospital, the boys rescued Sunday requested a Thai dish of spicy basil pork, the officials added. Shibani Mahtani, BostonGlobe.com, "Rescuers bring 4 more Thai boys out of flooded cave," 9 July 2018 Castañeda plans to have a vertical rotisserie outdoors to grill a trompo of pork for al pastor tacos. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "International flavors, down at the corner bar, are an American experience," 3 July 2018 In April, China raised import duties on a $3 billion list of U.S. pork, apples and other products. USA TODAY, "Reports: Trump moving ahead with steep tariffs on Chinese goods," 14 June 2018 Move to cooler part of grill and take internal temperature of pork. Chris Morocco, Bon Appetit, "Grilled Pork Chops with Pineapple-Turmeric Glaze," 28 May 2018 Without much meat on the bone, the pile of pork was chewy and dusted with toasted garlic. Courtney Dabney, star-telegram, "Fort Worth’s first Zenna knows its Thai and Japanese niche | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 16 May 2018 Cook pork loin over a high heat to develop a beautiful, brown crust. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "How to Make the Juiciest Pork Loin Ever," 5 Feb. 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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