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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.

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Cook pork loin over a high heat to develop a beautiful, brown crust. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "How to Make the Juiciest Pork Loin Ever," 5 Feb. 2019 Last year, The Plastics took the stage in the Mean Girls musical, and — gird your loins! De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Nicholas Sparks's "The Notebook" Is Headed to Broadway," 6 Jan. 2019 Expect harissa seasons carrots, triggerfish garnished with marcona almond, and lamb loin with farro tabouli—and don't skip the house dirty martini, made with pickled tomato juice. Stephanie Burt, Condé Nast Traveler, "28 Best Restaurants in Charleston," 2 May 2018 Sprung from the loins of the virile wellness industry, these next-gen pills and powders bear the seductive trappings of self-care. Jancee Dunn, Allure, "Pretty Pills: How Beauty Supplements Changed the Way We View Wellness," 2 Oct. 2018 When all else fails, order the Texas Wagyu strip loin, a reliable and classic dish. Diana Oates, Condé Nast Traveler, "20 Best Restaurants in Houston," 1 Oct. 2018 After nine months of waiting, the trailer for Outlander's fourth season is finally here. Gird your loins, because this season looks intense. Amanda Mitchell, Marie Claire, "The New 'Outlander' Season 4 Trailer Is Here and I Am So Ready," 10 Sep. 2018 For some meat, who needs it? Chicken thighs and breasts, beef filets and pork loins will be nice and tender either way. Justin Ward, San Antonio Express-News, "Does marinating meat overnight really make a difference?," 3 July 2018 Adam Danforth, a butcher, earlier this month demonstrated to a group of chefs in New Mexico how to cook different cuts of meat from a four-year-old sheep, including loins and the rib-eye cap. Lucy Craymer, WSJ, "All Sheeps and Sizes: Mutton Prices Soar as More Diners Dig In," 18 Nov. 2018

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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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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


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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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