loin

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noun \ˈlȯin\

Definition of loin

  1. 1a :  the part of a human being or quadruped on each side of the spinal column between the hipbone and the false ribsb :  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. 2 loins plural a :  the upper and lower abdominal regions and the region about the hipsb (1) :  the pubic region (2) :  the reproductive organs

Examples of loin in a sentence

  1. There was a towel wrapped around his loins.

Origin and Etymology of 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


First Known Use: 14th century



LOIN Defined for English Language Learners

loin

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noun \ˈlȯin\

Definition of loin for English Language Learners

  • : an area on the back of an animal's body near the tail

  • : meat from this area

  • loins : the area of a person's body that includes the sexual organs


LOIN Defined for Kids

loin

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noun \ˈlȯin\

Definition of loin for Students

  1. 1 :  the part of the body between the hip and the lower ribs

  2. 2 :  a piece of meat (as beef) from the loin of an animal


Medical Dictionary

loin

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noun \ˈlȯin\

Medical Definition of loin

  1. 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. 2loins plural a:  the upper and lower abdominal regions and the region about the hipsb (1):  the pubic region (2):  the generative organs—not usually used technically in senses 2a, b



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