noun \ˈstāk\

: a thick, flat piece of meat and especially beef

: a thick, flat piece of fish

: beef that is cut into small pieces and used for stews, casseroles, etc.

Full Definition of STEAK

a :  a slice of meat cut from a fleshy part of a beef carcass
b :  a similar slice of a specified meat other than beef <ham steak>
c :  a cross-section slice of a large fish <swordfish steak>
:  ground beef prepared for cooking or for serving in the manner of a steak <hamburger steak>

Examples of STEAK

  1. I grilled a steak for dinner.
  2. We had steak and potatoes for dinner.

Origin of STEAK

Middle English steke, from Old Norse steik; akin to Old Norse steikja to roast on a stake, stik stick, stake — more at stick
First Known Use: 15th century

Other Food Terms

Reuben, calamari, chuck, curry, edamame, foie gras, hummus, leaven, nonpareil, peel


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