[toor-ni-doh, toor-ni-doh; French toor-nuh-doh]
noun, plural tournedos [toor-ni-dohz, toor-ni-dohz; French toor-nuh-doh] .
small slices of fillet of beef, round and thick, served with a variety of sauces and garnished.

1920–25; < French, equivalent to tourne(r) to turn + dos (< Latin dorsum back) Unabridged
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tournedos (ˈtʊənəˌdəʊ)
n , pl -dos
a thick round steak of beef cut from the fillet or undercut of sirloin
[from French, from tourner to turn + dos back]

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Word Origin & History

fillet of steak dish, 1877, from Fr., from tourner "to turn" (see turn) + dos "back." According to Fr. etymologists, "so called because the dish is traditionally not placed on the table but is passed behind the backs of the guests" [OED]. But there are other theories.
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