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Definition of groin

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the fold or depression marking the juncture of the lower abdomen and the inner part of the thigh also : the region of this line
2a : the projecting curved line along which two intersecting vaults meet
b : a rib that covers this edge
3 : a rigid structure built out from a shore to protect the shore from erosion, to trap sand, or to direct a current for scouring a channel


groined; groining; groins

Definition of groin (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to build or equip with groins

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groin 2a

In the meaning defined above

Examples of groin in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun These breakouts typically happen in areas where your skin folds, like the groin, underarms, buttocks, and beneath the breasts. Allyson Byers, SELF, "Could Your Skin Symptoms Be Hidradenitis Suppurativa?," 7 July 2020 In the beginning of March, Garland missed five consecutive games because of a groin strain, and then the shutdown came. Cameron Fields, cleveland, "Darius Garland had rocky moments in rookie season, but has potential to be Cleveland’s future maestro: Cleveland Cavaliers Season Review," 6 July 2020 Dos Santos missed all but 45 minutes of the Galaxy’s first two games with a groin injury and has played less than 75% of the team’s minutes over the past three seasons. Kevin Baxter, Los Angeles Times, "Galaxy’s Jonathan dos Santos to have hernia surgery, will miss MLS Is Back tournament," 1 July 2020 But after a groin injury forced Mosley off the field late in the third quarter, Buffalo rallied for a 17-16 victory. Mark Inabinett |, al, "C.J. Mosley ready for rematch of ill-fated game," 1 July 2020 The home blends style and commercial engineering with Venetian plaster walls, ornate staircases, decorative lighting and groin ceilings. Dallas News, "Preston Center office highlights four North Texas homes," 28 June 2020 They are supposed to be fired at the legs or lower torso, and police are trained to avoid the head, neck and groin. USA Today, "'Less lethal' can still maim and kill: A visual guide to weapons police use on protesters," 20 June 2020 Beyond the arched front entry, the main house features such details as limestone floors, Venetian plaster walls, groin vault ceilings and colonnades inspired by 14th century Italian gothic architecture. Neal J. Leitereg, Los Angeles Times, "Former Holmby Hills estate of W. Howard Lester lists for $58.75 million," 19 June 2020 That means placing cold, wet cloths or ice to the person's head, neck, armpits, and groin; and circulating air around the ill person to speed cooling. Maggie O'neill,, "6 Heat Stroke Symptoms You Need to Know, According to Experts," 18 June 2020

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First Known Use of groin


circa 1532, in the meaning defined at sense 1


circa 1816, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for groin


alteration of Middle English grynde, from Old English, abyss; akin to Old English grund ground

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11 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Groin.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jul. 2020.

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How to pronounce groin (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of groin

: the area of the body where your legs come together


\ ˈgrȯin How to pronounce groin (audio) \

Kids Definition of groin

: the fold or area where the abdomen joins the thigh


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Medical Definition of groin

: the fold or depression marking the juncture of the lower abdomen and the inner part of the thigh also : the region of this line

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