from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The salted and smoked meat from the back and sides of a pig.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Cured meat from the sides, belly, or back of a pig.
  • n. Thin slices of the above in long strips.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The back and sides of a pig salted and smoked; formerly, the flesh of a pig salted or fresh.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Hog's flesh, especially the back and sides, salted or pickled and dried, usually in smoke.
  • n. Pork.
  • n. 3. A hog; hence, a grossly fat person.
  • n. 4. A rustic; a clown: in allusion to the fact that swine's flesh was the meat chiefly eaten by the rural population.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. English scientist and Franciscan monk who stressed the importance of experimentation; first showed that air is required for combustion and first used lenses to correct vision (1220-1292)
  • n. English statesman and philosopher; precursor of British empiricism; advocated inductive reasoning (1561-1626)
  • n. back and sides of a hog salted and dried or smoked; usually sliced thin and fried


Middle English, from Old French, of Germanic origin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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. (Wiktionary)



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