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[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)
small slices of fillet of beef, round and thick, served with a variety of sauces and garnished.
Origin of tournedos
1920-25; < French, equivalent to tourne(r) to turn + dos (< Latin dorsum back) Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • tournedos are small tenderloin beef steaks, trimmed free of fat.

  • It speaks of things which will never be realized; suprme de volaille, tournedos la poivrade, and so forth.

    An Englishman in Paris Albert D. (Albert Dresden) Vandam
  • Therefore the menu is to be very simple: truite à la Bellevue, tournedos aux pommes, some fruit.

    General Bramble Andr Maurois
  • Salt and pepper the tournedos, saut in butter, and put on a platter.

British Dictionary definitions for tournedos


noun (pl) -dos (-ˌdəʊz)
a thick round steak of beef cut from the fillet or undercut of sirloin
Word Origin
from French, from tourner to turn + dos back
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for tournedos

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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