\ˈpȯrk \

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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Three-year-old An Biên specializes in Haiphong-style seafood, like thick bánh da noodles in a rich crab-and-pork broth, or plump mantis shrimp to dunk in a bubbling hot pot. Peter Jon Lindberg, Condé Nast Traveler, "Hanoi, Time and Again," 20 Nov. 2018 Shred pork into chunks, discarding fat; fold into sauce. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Maple-Glazed Five-Spice Pork," 9 Oct. 2018 Season pork chops with 1/2 teaspoon each salt and pepper and grill until golden brown and just cooked through, 5 to 7 minutes per side. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Pork Chops with Bloody Mary Tomato Salad," 25 July 2018 Traditional American ham is made from nothing more than pork, salt, smoke, and time. Ruth Reichl, Town & Country, "Meet Cesare Casella, the Tuscan Chef Who's Known as the "Prosciutto Whisperer"," 21 Sep. 2018 In a large bowl, combine pork, panko, egg, scallion whites, cilantro, half of ginger, two-thirds of garlic, and . Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Asian Noodles and Meatballs," 16 Aug. 2018 Trailers and railcars were flipped and a static freezer that held 24 million pounds of pork was heavily damaged. Fox News, "Volunteers provide food, care in wake of Iowa tornadoes," 21 July 2018 This classic Vietnamese sandwich is slathered with mayonnaise and crowned with pickled vegetables offered two ways — with pork or tofu and mushrooms. Lindsey Mcclave, The Courier-Journal, "Ngon Appetit keeps it simple with 3 items — soup, sandwiches, crepes," 11 July 2018 Where other types of rolls are often fried and filled with pork and shrimp, these are layered in softened rice pancakes with asparagus, sweet potato, cucumber, mint, basil, and thin rice noodles. Karoline Boehm Goodnick, BostonGlobe.com, "Recipe: Vietnamese summer rolls are flavorful, crunchy, and delicious with a soy dipping sauce," 25 June 2018

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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

: 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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