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Definition of loin

1a : the part of a human being or quadruped on each side of the spinal column between the hip bone and the false ribs
b : a cut of meat comprising this part of one or both sides of a carcass with the adjoining half of the vertebrae included but without the flank
2 loins plural
a : the upper and lower abdominal regions and the region about the hips
b(1) : the pubic region
(2) : the reproductive organs

Examples of loin in a Sentence

There was a towel wrapped around his loins.
Recent Examples on the Web Horseradish crusted salmon, roast pork loin, chicken breast, butternut squash ravioli and vegan polenta will also be available. Charles Infosino, Cincinnati.com, "Here's what's open on Thanksgiving for the whole family," 25 Nov. 2019 The items, including pork loin, pork back ribs and pork chops, were shipped to distributors and Illinois retail locations. Kelly Tyko, USA TODAY, "Pork recall 2019: 515,000 pounds of pork products recalled because they were not inspected," 23 Nov. 2019 This classic Peurto Rican Pernil-style slow-roasted pork loin is a must-have main dish for your holiday dinner. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Pernil-Style Roast Pork Lion," 22 Oct. 2019 The pork loins were concealed in a backpack that was also stolen from the store. cleveland, "Shoplifter makes off with a lot of pork: Mayfield Heights Police Blotter," 16 Oct. 2019 Add the pork loin to the pot and cook, stirring occasionally, until cooked through, about 6 minutes. Maura Judkis, Washington Post, "A hearty, smoky stew with kielbasa, bacon and sauerkraut to warm you up in cooler months," 29 Aug. 2019 The loins contain more delicate, slender muscle cells than the rest of the animal, so the Kismet kitchen skewers them every morning and grills them just before plating. Ali Bouzari, SFChronicle.com, "Housemade: The science behind a feast of flavor pairings at Kismet in Los Angeles," 12 July 2019 Grill the pork loin on all sides until nicely seared. National Geographic, "“Aji Amarillo” Marinated Grilled Pork Loin," 2 July 2019 The four-course menu will include lemon-ricotta squash blossoms, bay scallops with risotto, lamb loin with fregola and limoncello ice cream with almond cake and berries. Rod Stafford Hagwood, sun-sentinel.com, "Get your wine on with these vino events in South Florida," 29 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of loin

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for loin

Middle English loyne, from Anglo-French loigne, from Vulgar Latin *lumbea, from Latin lumbus; akin to Old English lendenu loins, Old Church Slavonic lędviję

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“Loin.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/loin. Accessed 9 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of loin

: an area on the back of an animal's body near the tail
: meat from this area
: the area of a person's body that includes the sexual organs


\ ˈlȯin How to pronounce loin (audio) \

Kids Definition of loin

1 : the part of the body between the hip and the lower ribs
2 : a piece of meat (as beef) from the loin of an animal


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Medical Definition of loin

1 : the part of the body of a human or a quadruped that is situated on each side of the spinal column between the hip bone and the false ribs
2 loins plural
a : the upper and lower abdominal regions and the region about the hips
b(1) : the pubic region
(2) : the generative organs not usually used technically in senses 2a, b

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