\ 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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Denmark this month began erecting a 70-kilometer (43.4-mile) fence along the German border to keep out wild boars in an attempt to prevent the spread of African swine fever, which could jeopardize the country’s valuable pork industry. Alice Fung, The Seattle Times, "In year of the pig, Hong Kong has had enough of wild ones," 6 Feb. 2019 The cochinita pibil, a slow simmered pork served with warm tortillas, was straight-forward, but prepared with black belt execution. Julia Sherman, Vogue, "Ceramics, Chilaquiles, and Micheladas: An Artist’s Guide to Guadalajara," 10 May 2018 Order farmers to slaughter their pigs to produce less pork that will also be subject to Chinese tariffs? The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Punishing America First," 6 Apr. 2018 Craig Hill heads the Iowa Farm Bureau; his state produces more pork, corn and soyabeans than any other, and exports much of it. The Economist, "Made out of glueDonald Trump may make some businessfolk cringe," 8 Mar. 2018 Transfer pork to a cutting board and let rest at least 5 minutes before slicing. Amanda Garrity, Redbook, "Balsamic-Rosemary Pork," 20 Aug. 2018 Let’s be honest—this is blatant pork-barrel spending, pure and simple. WSJ, "Infrastructure Needs Meet the Pork Barrel," 8 Jan. 2019 Pair sweet red grapes with cabbage for an impressive side dish to go alongside delicious roast pork. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Pork Tenderloin with Roasted Red Grapes and Cabbage," 7 Jan. 2019 His logic led my grandpa to eat pork rinds for a year. Jamie Lauren Keiles, Vox, "How low-fat dairy came to rule the US — and why that’s changing.," 20 Dec. 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
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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