Definition of bacon in US English:

bacon

noun

  • 1Cured meat from the sides and belly of a pig, having distinct strips of fat and typically served in thin slices.

    • ‘A lovely baguette with sausages and bacon in true Dublin style was handed to everyone.’
    • ‘Or you could just sear them in a hot pan, as I did, to serve with spring greens and bacon.’
    • ‘Remove from the heat and spoon the mushrooms, bacon and shallot into a small bowl.’
    • ‘I would seal them in hot fat, wrap each bird in fatty bacon or pancetta and roast till tender.’
    • ‘After an eye test and picking up some home cured bacon and fresh baked bread, it was off to the river.’
    • ‘It's poached skate with fennel or lamb kidney sausage on bacon and onion bread.’
    • ‘After showering and dressing in fleece and shirt we were ready for bacon and eggs.’
    • ‘Her father was already at the table, reading a newspaper and eating French toast and bacon.’
    • ‘Butter the baguette and spoon on the lobster with a few tomatoes and rocket leaves, and top with bacon.’
    • ‘We would much rather our players had beans on toast than bacon and sausage and that sort of thing.’
    • ‘The dish is also nice if you place strips of bacon over the top towards the end of the cooking time.’
    • ‘The smell of bacon and eggs infiltrates my nose, making my mouth water with hunger.’
    • ‘A steward came round with a trolley of eggs, bacon and sausages to ask each cadet how many he wished to eat.’
    • ‘After putting two strips of bacon and two eggs on a plate, I sat down at the table alone.’
    • ‘Cooper sighed and carried two plates of bacon, eggs and sausage on toast to the table.’
    • ‘You get two eggs instead of one, and the calentao is replaced by a rasher of crisp bacon.’
    • ‘It was a hard call but escalope of pork with bacon, chick peas and celery in a tomato sauce won my vote.’
    • ‘They had metal catering trays of bacon and sausages, and they assembled the roll right in front of my eyes.’
    • ‘In Ireland, badgers have been eaten and cured in much the same way as we now cure bacon.’
    • ‘My choice was scrambled egg, with bacon and chips, plus two slices of buttered toast.’
    1. 1.1 Cured meat from the back of a pig.
      • ‘We would much rather our players had beans on toast than bacon and sausage and that sort of thing.’
      • ‘A steward came round with a trolley of eggs, bacon and sausages to ask each cadet how many he wished to eat.’
      • ‘They had metal catering trays of bacon and sausages, and they assembled the roll right in front of my eyes.’
      • ‘In Ireland, badgers have been eaten and cured in much the same way as we now cure bacon.’
      • ‘Or you could just sear them in a hot pan, as I did, to serve with spring greens and bacon.’
      • ‘My choice was scrambled egg, with bacon and chips, plus two slices of buttered toast.’
      • ‘It's poached skate with fennel or lamb kidney sausage on bacon and onion bread.’
      • ‘Her father was already at the table, reading a newspaper and eating French toast and bacon.’
      • ‘I would seal them in hot fat, wrap each bird in fatty bacon or pancetta and roast till tender.’
      • ‘Butter the baguette and spoon on the lobster with a few tomatoes and rocket leaves, and top with bacon.’
      • ‘The dish is also nice if you place strips of bacon over the top towards the end of the cooking time.’
      • ‘The smell of bacon and eggs infiltrates my nose, making my mouth water with hunger.’
      • ‘A lovely baguette with sausages and bacon in true Dublin style was handed to everyone.’
      • ‘Cooper sighed and carried two plates of bacon, eggs and sausage on toast to the table.’
      • ‘Remove from the heat and spoon the mushrooms, bacon and shallot into a small bowl.’
      • ‘After an eye test and picking up some home cured bacon and fresh baked bread, it was off to the river.’
      • ‘After putting two strips of bacon and two eggs on a plate, I sat down at the table alone.’
      • ‘You get two eggs instead of one, and the calentao is replaced by a rasher of crisp bacon.’
      • ‘After showering and dressing in fleece and shirt we were ready for bacon and eggs.’
      • ‘It was a hard call but escalope of pork with bacon, chick peas and celery in a tomato sauce won my vote.’

Phrases

  • bring home the bacon

    • 1informal Supply material provision or support; earn a living.

      • ‘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.’
      • ‘A mother or father who is already suffering an agonising death from cancer, worrying themselves sick about what will happen to their family, when there is no one left to bring home the bacon.’
      • ‘Anyway his wife doesn't have a job, nevermind a career… of course this guy is worried, he has to bring home the bacon after all.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘If a couple wants to live along entirely traditional lines, that's fine with me, just as it is if the man stays home while his spouse brings home the bacon.’
      • ‘Men were providers, hunter gatherer types, strong personalities, fixing stuff, bringing home the bacon and sometimes the whole pig too.’
      • ‘That translated into high productivity growth, which has brought home the bacon, basically, for the Australian economy.’
      • ‘It is his steady investment in companies that are building the next generation Internet infrastructure technology that has been bringing home the bacon and a lot more.’
      • ‘Mommy still needs to be gainfully employed so that she can bring home the bacon.’
    • 2informal Achieve success.

      • ‘But, in an election year, when there's so much pressure to bring home the bacon, you see it a lot more often, Lou.’
      • ‘The former actor-turned-writer has certainly brought home the bacon in his play!’
      • ‘Millions of football fans are hoping England will bring home the bacon in their second-round World Cup match against Denmark today.’
      • ‘He definitely brought home the bacon as the final act, leaving the audience rolling.’
      • ‘A local porker brought home the bacon when she trotted off with a national title at an agricultural show.’
      • ‘He brings home the bacon in his outrageously over-the-top performance, an electric storm that puts the shock into rock'n'roll.’
      • ‘Second was held by Josh and Jake brought home the bacon with a first-place win.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Sven's heroes can look forward to a potential tie against the boys from Brazil after bringing home the bacon against Denmark today.’
      • ‘After all, this was supposed to be England's best chance in 40 years of bringing home the bacon.’
      succeed, achieve success, be successful, be a success, do well, get ahead, reach the top, become famous, achieve recognition, distinguish oneself, set the world on fire
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  • 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’
      • ‘Nobody likes backing up, but one day, it'll save your bacon.’
      • ‘Both teams had chances to win the game but crucial defensive work by John Lee and Keith Kilkenny saved Galway's bacon.’
      • ‘"Having those irrigated fields in Maine has really saved our bacon over the past few years, as we've had to deal with repeated droughts."’
      • ‘For once, a movie actually saves the novelist's bacon.’
      • ‘The gallant understudy, who saved the company's bacon by taking over the role of Goneril, has been denied the reviews that might have done her career the world of good.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Huddersfield's was the last game to finish - but they could not find the equaliser that would have saved their bacon at Palace's expense.’
      • ‘Members opposite will say absolutely anything to save their political bacon.’
      • ‘Bishop's response is exactly what Johnston wants: he hopes information technology will save the company's bacon.’
      • ‘His father, a former partisan commander, saved his bacon.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

bacon

/ˈbeɪkən//ˈbākən/