loin

noun \ ˈlȯin \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of loin

1 a :the part of a human being or quadruped on each side of the spinal column between the hipbone 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

  1. There was a towel wrapped around his loins.

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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


LOIN Defined for English Language Learners

loin

noun

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

noun \ ˈlȯin \

Definition of loin for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

loin

noun \ ˈlȯin \

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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