Bacon vs. Ham

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Main Difference

The main difference between Bacon and Ham is that the Bacon is a cured meat from a pig and Ham is a processed pork foodstuff.

  • Bacon

    Bacon is a type of salt-cured pork. Bacon is prepared from several different cuts of meat, typically from the pork belly or from back cuts, which have less fat than the belly. It is eaten on its own, as a side dish (particularly in breakfasts), or used as a minor ingredient to flavour dishes (e.g., the club sandwich). Bacon is also used for barding and larding roasts, especially game, including venison and pheasant. The word is derived from the Old High German bacho, meaning “buttock”, “ham” or “side of bacon”, and is cognate with the Old French bacon.

    Meat from other animals, such as beef, lamb, chicken, goat, or turkey, may also be cut, cured, or otherwise prepared to resemble bacon, and may even be referred to as “bacon”. Such use is common in areas with significant Jewish and Muslim populations, both of which prohibit the consumption of pork.

  • Ham

    Ham is pork from a leg cut that has been preserved by wet or dry curing, with or without smoking. As a processed meat, the term “ham” includes both whole cuts of meat and ones that have been mechanically formed.

    Ham is made around the world, including a number of regional specialties, such as Westphalian ham and some varieties of Spanish jamón. In addition, numerous ham products have specific geographical naming protection, such as Prosciutto di Parma and Prosciutto Toscano in Europe, and Smithfield ham in the US.

  • Bacon (noun)

    Cured meat from the sides, belly{{,}} or back of a pig.

  • Bacon (noun)

    Thin slices of the above in long strips.

  • Bacon (noun)

    The police.

    “Run! It’s the bacon!”

  • Bacon (noun)

    Road rash.

  • Ham (noun)

    The region back of the knee joint; the popliteal space; the hock.

  • Ham (noun)

    A thigh and buttock of an animal slaughtered for meat.

  • Ham (noun)

    Meat from the thigh of a hog cured for food.

    “a little piece of ham for the cat”

  • Ham (noun)

    The back of the thigh.

  • Ham (noun)

    Electronic mail that is wanted; mail that is not spam or junk mail.


  • Ham (noun)

    obsolete form of home

  • Ham (noun)

    an overacting or amateurish performer; an actor with an especially showy or exaggerated style


  • Ham (noun)

    an amateur radio operator

    “radio amateur”

  • Ham (verb)

    To overact; to act with exaggerated emotions.

  • Ham (noun)

    (in the Bible) a son of Noah (Gen. 10:1), traditional ancestor of the Hamites.

  • Ham (verb)


    “she hammed it up for the cameras”

Oxford Dictionary

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