Sirloin
Sirloin Sir"loin`, n. [A corruption of surloin. Not so called because this cut of beef was once jocosely knighted (dubbed Sir Loin) by an English king, as according to a popular story.] A loin of beef, or a part of a loin. [Written also {surloin}.] [1913 Webster]

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  • sirloin — UK [ˈsɜː(r)ˌlɔɪn] / US [ˈsɜrˌlɔɪn] or sirloin steak UK / US noun [countable/uncountable] Word forms sirloin : singular sirloin plural sirloins an expensive piece of beef taken from a cow s lower back …   English dictionary

  • sirloin — early 15c., surloine, from M.Fr. surlonge, lit. upper part of the loin, from sur over, above + longe loin, from O.Fr. loigne (see LOIN (Cf. loin)). English spelling with sir dates from 17c., supposedly because the cut of beef was knighted by an… …   Etymology dictionary

  • sirloin — ► NOUN ▪ the choicer part of a loin of beef. ORIGIN Old French, above the loin …   English terms dictionary

  • sirloin — [sʉr′loin΄] n. [Early ModE surloyn < MFr surlonge < OFr sur, over (see SUR 1) + loigne, LOIN] a choice cut of meat, esp. of beef, from the loin end just in front of the rump …   English World dictionary

  • sirloin — [[t]sɜ͟ː(r)lɔɪn[/t]] sirloins N VAR A sirloin is a piece of beef which is cut from the bottom and side parts of a cow s back. ...fresh beef sirloin steaks …   English dictionary

  • sirloin — noun Sirloin is used before these nouns: ↑steak …   Collocations dictionary

  • sirloin — sir|loin [ˈsə:lɔın US ˈsə:r ] n also .sirloin steak [U and C] [Date: 1400 1500; : Old French; Origin: surlonge, from sur above + loigne, longe ( LOIN)] a good quality piece of ↑beef which is cut from the lower part of a cow s back …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • sirloin — sir|loin [ sɜr,lɔın ] or ,sirloin steak noun count or uncount an expensive piece of BEEF taken from a cow s lower back …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • sirloin — [16] One of the oldest of etymological chestnuts is that sirloin got its name because a particular English king found the joint of beef so excellent that he knighted it. The monarch in question has been variously identified as Henry VIII, James I …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • sirloin — also sirloin steak noun (C, U) expensive meat cut from a cow s lower back …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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