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[loin] /lɔɪn/
Usually, loins. the part or parts of the human body or of a quadruped animal on either side of the spinal column, between the false ribs and hipbone.
a cut of meat from this region of an animal, especially a portion including the vertebrae of such parts.
  1. the parts of the body between the hips and the lower ribs, especially regarded as the seat of physical strength and generative power.
  2. the genital and pubic area; genitalia.
gird (up) one's loins, to prepare oneself for something requiring readiness, strength, or endurance:
He girded his loins to face his competitor.
Origin of loin
1275-1325; Middle English loyne < Middle French lo(i)gne, perhaps < Vulgar Latin *lumbea, noun use of feminine of *lumbeus of the loins, equivalent to Latin lumb(us) loin + -eus -eous Unabridged
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Examples from the web for loin
  • The tenderloin of beef which lies under the loin and rump is called fillet of beef.
  • The wet heat makes the interior tender, while the dry heat turns the skin wrapped around the loin gloriously golden and crisp.
  • Entrees include brined pork loin and king salmon with lobster risotto.
  • Menu highlights include crab cakes, risotto, stuffed pork loin and creme brulee.
  • Menu dishes include grilled salmon, prime rib and pork loin.
  • Dinner items range from bouillabaisse and filet mignon to shrimp scampi and caramelized double pork loin chops.
  • On the menu, you'll find traditional favorites such as potato pancakes, roasted pork loin and cheese blintzes.
  • The menu offers such dishes as grilled pork loin with plantains, chicken with yellow rice and shrimp in garlic sauce.
  • The restaurant uses an outdoor cast-iron pit for barbecuing and serves up such smoked meats as sausage, pork loin and sliced beef.
  • Try this as a side dish to a meal featuring roast chicken or pork loin or quickly sauteed chicken breasts or pork chops.
British Dictionary definitions for loin


(anatomy) Also called lumbus. the part of the lower back and sides between the pelvis and the ribs related adjective lumbar
a cut of meat from this part of an animal
See also loins
Word Origin
C14: from Old French loigne, perhaps from Vulgar Latin lumbra (unattested), from Latin lumbus loin
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Word Origin and History for loin

early 14c., "side of the body of an animal used for food," from Old French loigne "hip, haunch, lumbar region," from Vulgar Latin *lumbea, from *lumbea caro "meat of the loin," from fem. of *lumbeus, adjective used as a noun, from Latin lumbus "loin" (see lumbago).

Replaced Old English lendenu "loins," from Proto-Germanic *landwin- (cf. German Lende "loin," Lenden "loins;" Old High German lenti, Old Saxon lendin, Middle Dutch lendine, Dutch lende, Old Norse lend).

The Latin word perhaps was borrowed from a Germanic source. In reference to the living human body, it is attested from late 14c. In Biblical translations, often used for "that part of the body that should be covered and about which the clothes are bound" (1520s). Related: Loins.

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loin in Medicine

loin (loin)
The part of the body on either side of the spinal column between the ribs and the pelvis.

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