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[pawr-ter-hous, pohr-] /ˈpɔr tərˌhaʊs, ˈpoʊr-/
noun, plural porterhouses
[pawr-ter-hou-siz, pohr- for 1;pawr-ter-hou-ziz, pohr- for 2] /ˈpɔr tərˌhaʊ sɪz, ˈpoʊr- for 1;ˈpɔr tərˌhaʊ zɪz, ˈpoʊr- for 2/ (Show IPA)
Also called porterhouse steak. a choice cut of beef from between the prime ribs and the sirloin.
Archaic. a house at which porter and other liquors are retailed.
Origin of porterhouse
1750-60; porter3 + house Unabridged
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  • Then he turned his eyes toward the porter house which stood darkly against the starlit sky among the trees.

    The Main Chance Meredith Nicholson
  • He felt that his position in the Porter bank gave him a double footing in the porter house.

    The Main Chance Meredith Nicholson
  • Within the next ten minutes six horses had set forth from the porter house—each rider for a special destination.

    The Only Woman in the Town Sarah J. Prichard
  • He had formerly been the proprietor of a porter house at 17 Fair (Fulton) Street.

    Old Taverns of New York William Harrison Bayles
  • Immediately after, he accepted a situation of bar-keeper in a porter house or tavern attached to the theatre.

    The Young Man's Guide William A. Alcott
  • "I'll tell her," and then Mr. Bobbsey, with Bert, walked to the porter house next door.

British Dictionary definitions for porter house


Also called porterhouse steak. a thick choice steak of beef cut from the middle ribs or sirloin
(formerly) a place in which porter, beer, etc, and sometimes chops and steaks, were served
Word Origin
C19 (sense 1): said to be named after a porterhouse or chophouse in New York
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Word Origin and History for porter house



also porter-house, "restaurant or chophouse where porter is served," 1754, from porter (n.3) + house (n.). Porterhouse steak (1841) is said to be from a particular establishment in New York City.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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