Definition of bacon in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbeɪk(ə)n/


[mass noun]
Cured meat from the back or sides of a pig: crisp rashers of bacon [as modifier]: a bacon sandwich
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  • I would seal them in hot fat, wrap each bird in fatty bacon or pancetta and roast till tender.
  • Cooper sighed and carried two plates of bacon, eggs and sausage on toast to the table.
  • In Ireland, badgers have been eaten and cured in much the same way as we now cure bacon.



bring home the bacon

1Supply material support: I have to go to work because it brings home the bacon
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  • But it isn't the only recent movie to measure its maker's personal losses against the lasting achievements of his dad - the one who brought home the bacon and the pain.
  • A former pig farmer proved that there is more than one way of bringing home the bacon when he changed his career to the graphics industry.
  • She is an anachronistic caricature - from a time when mothers stayed home baking while fathers brought home the bacon - who seems out of place in this day and age.
2Achieve success: you don’t have to be in a high-tech industry to bring home the bacon
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  • In this respect your escape has been a public relations victory, you've brought home the bacon, your critics have taken a roasting - and you've made a lot of headline writers happy.
  • The former actor-turned-writer has certainly brought home the bacon in his play!
  • A local porker brought home the bacon when she trotted off with a national title at an agricultural show.

save someone's bacon

Rescue someone from danger or difficulty: only hard braking and a quick turn on to the hard shoulder saved our bacon
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  • Both teams had chances to win the game but crucial defensive work by John Lee and Keith Kilkenny saved Galway's bacon.
  • By Wednesday, the player, or at least his advisers, were having a go at presenting him as the man who had intervened to save the nation's bacon.
  • Members opposite will say absolutely anything to save their political bacon.


Middle English: from Old French, from a Germanic word meaning 'ham, flitch'; related to back.

  • The word bacon was adopted from French in the 14th century and can be traced back to an ancient German root that links it to back, probably in the sense of the cut of meat. In early use it could mean fresh pork, as well as cured, and could also refer to a pig's carcass. To bring home the bacon, ‘to supply food or support’, first appeared in the USA during the early years of the 20th century. It may have developed from to save one's bacon (‘to escape danger or difficulty’), an older expression which dates from the mid 17th century.

Words that rhyme with bacon

awaken, betaken, forsaken, Jamaican, mistaken, partaken, shaken, taken, waken

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