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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Historical Examples
  • I cooked it in as neat as you please in your half the porterhouse.

  • It says stake; I dont know whether its a porterhouse or a sirloin.

    Roy Blakeley's Motor Caravan Percy Keese Fitzhugh
  • For example, the housewife may ask for an inch-thick sirloin steak, a 2-inch porterhouse steak, and so on.

    Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 3 Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
  • He reminded the parlor that there had been porterhouse the last time.

    Queed Henry Sydnor Harrison
  • When he got hungry, he just killed another cow and had a porterhouse steak cooked between two others over a good fire.

    The Orphan Clarence E. Mulford
  • Remember the last time she was here—the time we had the porterhouse?

    Queed Henry Sydnor Harrison
  • With her own hands the girl cut a piece of the porterhouse for Mr. Queed.

    Queed Henry Sydnor Harrison
  • The best pieces for broiling are the porterhouse and sirloin.

    The Whitehouse Cookbook (1887) Mrs. F.L. Gillette
  • The best pieces for steak are the porterhouse, sirloin and rump.

    The Whitehouse Cookbook (1887) Mrs. F.L. Gillette
  • "I should like a porterhouse with mushrooms," he announced promptly.

    Wyoming, a Story of the Outdoor West William MacLeod Raine
British Dictionary definitions for porterhouse


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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for porterhouse

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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