Definition of bacon noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈbeɪkən//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbeɪkən//
[uncountable] Meat
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  • meat from the back or sides of a pig that has been cured (= preserved using salt or smoke), usually served in thin slices a rasher of bacon bacon and eggs smoked/unsmoked bacon compare gammon, ham, pork see also Canadian bacon See related entries: Meat
  • Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French, from a Germanic word meaning ‘ham, flitch’; related to back.Extra examples A whole side of bacon was hanging from a hook on the ceiling. Fry the bacon until crisp. I’ll have two rashers of bacon and a fried egg.Idioms (informal) to be successful at something; to earn money for your family to live on His friends had all gone to college or were bringing home the bacon.
    save somebody’s bacon/neck
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    (informal) to rescue somebody from a very difficult situation
    See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: bacon