aitch·​bone ˈāch-ˌbōn How to pronounce aitchbone (audio)
: the hip bone especially of cattle
: the cut of beef containing the aitchbone

Word History


Middle English hachbon, alteration (resulting from incorrect division of a nachebon) of Middle English *nachebon, from Middle English nache buttock (from Anglo-French, from Late Latin natica, from Latin natis) + bon bone

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of aitchbone was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Aitchbone.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

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