\ ˈlȯin How to pronounce loin (audio) \

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 Handmade pasta shaped like knots are stuffed with pork loin, ham, Mortadella salami, Parmigiano cheese, eggs and nutmeg, and thrown in a thick capon broth. Silvia Marchetti, CNN, 26 Apr. 2022 Offerings include breakfast favorites, salad, rolls, gemelli primavera, filet of sole, chicken Florentine, pork loin, tenderloin. Susan Dunne, Hartford Courant, 26 Apr. 2022 Other Easter dinner selections include chicken Oscar ($12.95), chicken cordon bleu ($13.95) and Virginia baked ham, roast turkey, pork loin, or spinach pie ($12.95). Elaine Rewolinski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 6 Apr. 2022 Entrees include sirloin, lamb, pork loin, ham, prime rib, salmon, St. Thomas tuna, seafood primavera, chicken a la vodka and blackened chicken. Susan Dunne, courant.com, 28 Mar. 2022 So, too, a hefty portion of juicy striped sea bass loin ($57) comes with crispy potato slices, cherry tomatoes and Taggiasche olives. John Mariani, Forbes, 17 Mar. 2022 Diners will also see more use of less expensive cuts of animal protein, such as chicken thighs versus wings and beef chuck instead of loin. San Diego Union-Tribune, 14 Jan. 2022 One aspect of Cinco Jotas’ quality control beats its other Old World habits by a nose: a cadre of six sniffers whose job is to poke each pork loin in four specific places with probes made of cow bone and take evaluative whiffs. Richard Morgan, WSJ, 20 Dec. 2021 The dinner includes three pieces of cod loin, french fries, rye bread, homemade coleslaw, tartar sauce and lemon wedge ($14). Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 24 Feb. 2022 See More

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/loin. Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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\ 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


\ ˈlȯin How to pronounce loin (audio) \

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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