\ 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.

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Pork loin chops or lamb tenderloin medallions are two examples that fit that description. Wolfgang Puck, Twin Cities, "Wolfgang Puck: Make your Fourth of July menu sizzle with grilled steaks," 3 July 2019 Stone used it to encrust a venison loin, served with a celery root puree, roasted spaghetti squash, and venison jus. Wine Australia, Bon Appétit, "How Curtis Stone's Restaurants Reflect His Australian Roots," 23 July 2019 Also on the antipasti platter, soppressata laced with fennel and hot pepperoncini, and capocollo, made from pork loin and cured for a hundred days. Frances Mayes, National Geographic, "Discover Italy’s most delicious secret," 11 July 2019 Sure, Grace Kelly’s gowns or Audrey Hepburn’s pearls may inspire viewers to elegance, but can all that classicism compete with John Travolta in a loin cloth? Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "The 20 Campiest Movie Costumes of All Time," 23 Apr. 2019 That inspired me to do three preparations of a dish, so each person gets lamb three ways—lamb loin, lamb belly, and lamb consommé. Melanie Kaplan, Fortune, "This $150 Eight-Course Tasting Menu Pairs Food With Art," 15 June 2019 In anticipation of hard work, most also wore shorts, though a few guys had opted to gird their loins in a traditional fundoshi, a sort of jockstrap crossed with a thong. Neil Shea, National Geographic, "Tokyo became a megacity by reinventing itself," 12 June 2019 On game day, Ndir wore traditional pagne (loin cloth), with gris-gris (amulets) peppered all over his body. Christian Bobst, National Geographic, "A modern juggernaut with traditional roots: Inside Senegalese wrestling," 26 Mar. 2019 Another episode of Game of Thrones, another battle for which to gird your loins. Julie Kosin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 5 Teaser Previews the Daenerys-Cersei Face-Off," 6 May 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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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


\ 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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