Bacon meaning

bākən
Salted and smoked meat from the back or sides of a hog.
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(person) Baron Verulam, Viscount St. Albans 1561-1626; Eng. philosopher, essayist, & statesman.
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(person) 1647-76; Am. colonist born in England: leader of a rebellion (1676) which sought social reform.
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See bacn.
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Cured meat from the sides, belly, or back of a pig.
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Thin slices of the above in long strips.
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The salted and smoked meat from the back and sides of a pig.
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(person) 1909-92; Brit. painter, born in Ireland.
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(person) 1214?-94; Eng. philosopher & scientist.
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(informal) bring home the bacon
  • to earn a living
  • to succeed; win
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of bacon

  • Middle English from Old French of Germanic origin Old English bæc back

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English bacon (“meat from the back and sides of a pig”), from Anglo-Norman bacon, bacun (“ham, flitch, strip of lard”), from Old Low Frankish *bakō (“ham, flitch”), from Proto-Germanic *bakô, *bakkô (“back”), from Proto-Indo-European *bhAg- (“back, buttocks”). Cognate with Old High German bahho, bacho (“back, ham, side of bacon”) (compare Alemannic German Bache, Bachen), Old Saxon baco (“back”), Dutch bake (“side of bacon, ham”), Old English bæc (“back”). More at back.

    From Wiktionary