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tournedos

[too r-ni-doh, too r-ni-doh; French toor-nuh-doh] /ˈtʊər nɪˌdoʊ, ˌtʊər nɪˈdoʊ; French tur nəˈdoʊ/
noun, plural tournedos
[too r-ni-dohz, too r-ni-dohz; French toor-nuh-doh] /ˈtʊər nɪˌdoʊz, ˌtʊər nɪˈdoʊz; French tur nəˈdoʊ/ (Show IPA)
1.
small slices of fillet of beef, round and thick, served with a variety of sauces and garnished.
Origin
1920-1925
1920-25; < French, equivalent to tourne(r) to turn + dos (< Latin dorsum back)
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British Dictionary definitions for tournedos

tournedos

/ˈtʊənəˌdəʊ/
noun (pl) -dos (-ˌdəʊz)
1.
a thick round steak of beef cut from the fillet or undercut of sirloin
Word Origin
from French, from tourner to turn + dos back
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Word Origin and History for tournedos
n.

fillet of steak dish, 1877, from French, from tourner "to turn" (see turn (v.)) + dos "back." According to French 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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