porter-house

porterhouse

[pawr-ter-hous, pohr-]
noun, plural porterhouses [pawr-ter-hou-siz, pohr- for 1; pawr-ter-hou-ziz, pohr- for 2 ] .
1.
Also called porterhouse steak. a choice cut of beef from between the prime ribs and the sirloin.
2.
Archaic. a house at which porter and other liquors are retailed.

Origin:
1750–60; porter3 + house

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

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porterhouse
"restaurant or chophouse where porter is served," c.1758, from porter (3). Porterhouse steak (1841) is said to be from a particular establishment in New York City.
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