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: a small steak from the thin end of the short loin containing a T-shaped bone and a small piece of tenderloin
also : this bone see beef illustration


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T-boned; T-boning; T-bones

Examples of T-bone in a Sentence

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Sure, the meat is what’s for dinner—or lunch—but no one expects guests to tuck into a T-bone while standing. Sarah Grossbart, wsj.com, 11 Sep. 2023 The white Racine bus continues driving straight and T-bones the side of the school bus, which is promptly pushed over and rolls onto its side. Mary Walrath-Holdridge, USA TODAY, 7 Sep. 2023 The shape of the island summarizes the controversy, Van Daele likes to say—a T-bone steak to ranchers and a teardrop to bird biologists and Indigenous people who once claimed the island. WIRED, 26 Aug. 2023 Beef: Tender steaks, like porterhouse, T-bone, and ribeye, can marinate for 15 minutes to an 1 hour to add flavor without breaking down the texture, explains Southern Living food writer Elizabeth Brownfield. Southern Living Editors, Southern Living, 22 Aug. 2023 Menu highlights: Salad bar, cowboy beans and honey whole wheat bread with butter are included with dinners like sirloin, filet mignon, 40-ounce porterhouse and T-bone steaks. Bahar Anooshahr, The Arizona Republic, 12 June 2023 Indulge in a plate of tagliolini with white truffles or a massive T-bone steak for a luxurious evening out. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, 11 June 2023 The view from here in the cheap seats: The Rangers were flat, trailing 2-0, and an opportunistic Trouba figured the way to put a jolt into his fellow Blueshirts was to T-bone the fast-advancing Meier, his head still down one tick after releasing the puck from his stick. Kevin Paul Dupont, BostonGlobe.com, 6 May 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use


1934, in the meaning defined above


1968, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of T-bone was in 1934

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“T-bone.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/T-bone. Accessed 1 Oct. 2023.

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