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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 After weights and extra work, the players filter into the cafeteria, where there is a spread of pork loins, vegetables, chicken and plenty of rice. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press, "Inside the Detroit Tigers' Dominican academy, there's hope for the future," 22 Mar. 2020 The Steelers may want to gird their loins even for winless Cincinnati, however, as Pittsburgh’s defense has been soft and Coach Zac Taylor of the Bengals could see this game as an opportunity to truly open up his offense. Benjamin Hoffman, New York Times, "Our Picks Against the Spread in N.F.L. Week 4," 27 Sep. 2019 Their al pastor tacos are made with pork loin, which is more expensive but far juicier than the pork other Tijuana taco shops use. Gustavo Solis, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Netflix show ‘Taco Chronicles’ shines light on Tijuana taco shop," 11 Aug. 2019 Reserve half the marinade for basting and the rest to serve with the venison loin. National Geographic, "Grilled Venison Strip Loin," 2 July 2019 In fact, many of the dishes — such as the summer squash on a stick, dry pork loin with tuna aioli, and farmers cheese, tomato and chicory salad, were forgettable. Allyson Reedy, The Know, "Review: The Wolf’s Tailor, named one of U.S.’ best new restaurants, is almost worthy of the honor," 2 Oct. 2019 Guests were presented with sashimi and dumplings, strip loin and hemp rigatoni to follow, and s’mores and blueberry crumble to close. Isiah Magsino, Vogue, "Bloomingdale’s Toasts Prabal Gurung With a Dinner of Hemp Pasta and CBD Salsa," 10 Apr. 2019 This is a question our women must answer; upon their loins depends the future destiny of the nation. Time, "Trump's Abortion and Immigrant Policies May Share a Goal," 13 Dec. 2019 For the next 36 hours, the brand’s insanely popular cashmere sweaters will be on sale, so gird your comfiest loins. Glamour, "The Everlane Cashmere Sweater Sale Is Here for Your Coziest Fall Wardrobe Yet," 3 Nov. 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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/loin. Accessed 30 Mar. 2020.

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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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