loin

[loin]
noun
1.
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.
2.
a cut of meat from this region of an animal, especially a portion including the vertebrae of such parts. See diag. under beef.
3.
loins.
a.
the parts of the body between the hips and the lower ribs, especially regarded as the seat of physical strength and generative power.
b.
the genital and pubic area; genitalia.
Idioms
4.
gird (up) one's loins, to prepare oneself for something requiring readiness, strength, or endurance: He girded his loins to face his competitor.

Origin:
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

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loin (lɔɪn)
 
n
1.  anatomy Also called: lumbus the part of the lower back and sides between the pelvis and the ribsRelated: lumbar
2.  a cut of meat from this part of an animal
 
Related: lumbar
 
[C14: from Old French loigne, perhaps from Vulgar Latin lumbra (unattested), from Latin lumbus loin]

loins (lɔɪnz)
 
pl n
1.  the hips and the inner surface of the legs where they join the trunk of the body; crotch
2.  a.  euphemistic the reproductive organs
 b.  literary chiefly the womb

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Word Origin & History

loin
c.1300, "side of the body of an animal used for food," from O.Fr. loigne, from V.L. *lumbea, from *lumbea caro "meat of the loin," from fem. of *lumbeus, adj. used as a noun, from L. lumbus "loin." Replaced O.E. lendenu "loins," from P.Gmc. *landwin-. The Latin word was probably also 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).
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Medical Dictionary

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

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Example sentences
Whole rabbits and pork loins can always be seen turning on one of the spits,
  the rabbits the size of large roasting chickens.
It was as though a deed of conveyance of her narrow loins had been drawn and
  sealed.
Health officials and researchers, increasingly divided among themselves, are
  already girding their loins for a right dust-up.
If you disagree, that's fine, but you might wanna gird your loins.
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