the portion of the loin of beef in front of the rump.

1515–25; earlier surloyn < Old French *surloigne, variant of surlonge (French surlonge). See sur-1, loin Unabridged
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sirloin (ˈsɜːˌlɔɪn)
a prime cut of beef from the loin, esp the upper part
[C16 surloyn, from Old French surlonge, from sur above + longe, from loigneloin]

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Word Origin & History

1525, serlyn, from M.Fr. surlonge, lit. "upper part of the loin," from sur "over, above" + longe "loin," from O.Fr. loigne (see loin). Eng. spelling with sir- dates from 17c., supposedly because the cut of beef was "knighted" by an English king for its superiority, a tale variously
told of Henry VIII, James I, and Charles II, though only the first is chronologically possible.
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