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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Example sentences
Grocers putting electronic tags on sirloin to deter shoplifters.
But only good ones, she said, made from slices of sirloin or round steak she
  had the butcher cube by hand.
Sirloin steak means meat derived from the posterior portion of the loin of
  cattle after removal of the short loin.
If the package says ground sirloin, the beef contained in the package was made
  from the sirloin.
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