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: a plate of bacon and eggs
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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.


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


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.

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