rash·​er ˈra-shər How to pronounce rasher (audio)
: a thin slice of bacon or ham broiled or fried
also : a portion consisting of several such slices

Examples of rasher in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web What is life without that extra shake of salt, a crisp rasher of bacon, a sneaky egg? Raven Smith, Vogue, 10 Jan. 2024 The menu’s standout dish is the Full English Breakfast: A plate of rashers (British bacon cut from the pig’s loin, where the meat is leaner), banger (the British word for sausage), baked beans, tomatoes, mushrooms, sunny side eggs, and sourdough toast. Shauna Stuart | Sstuart@al.com, al, 24 July 2023 Coddle is a traditional Dublin stew with sausages, onion, potato and bacon – or rashers as they’re known locally. Maureen O'Hare, CNN, 17 Mar. 2023 Kelley’s Deli For a quick breakfast or lunch, Kelley’s Deli in Westerly is a casual spot for massive portions of rashers, potato cakes, bangers, and a little Irish coffee to start the day. Alexa Gagosz, BostonGlobe.com, 10 Mar. 2023 Five years ago, Aline and Jack Tabibian moved from Tenafly, N.J., to Edgewater, a borough in Bergen County that is proportioned like a rasher of bacon. Julie Lasky, New York Times, 7 June 2017

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Word History


perhaps from obsolete rash to cut, from Middle English rashen

First Known Use

1591, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of rasher was in 1591

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“Rasher.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rasher. Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

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