por·ter·house | \ˈpȯr-tər-ˌhau̇s \

Definition of porterhouse 

1 : a house where malt liquor (such as porter) is sold

2 : a large steak cut from the thick end of the short loin to contain a T-shaped bone and a large piece of tenderloin — see beef illustration

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The porterhouse, however, has a larger portion of the tenderloin than the T-bone. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "How to buy the perfect steak for Dad this Father's Day," 15 June 2018 Generations of visitors, hankering for an Old West experience, set foot in the dusty wooden establishment, known for its 2-pound porterhouse steaks and of neckties hanging from the ceiling. azcentral, "Iconic Arizona businesses that are closed," 4 Nov. 2014 Our bubble-blowing, music-pumping trucks fulfilled hundreds of thousands of orders, from porterhouse steaks to the latest Nintendo releases. Laura Mandaro, USA TODAY, "Amazon's Jeff Bezos says Amazon Prime members top 100 million," 18 Apr. 2018 Carmelo's showstopper is probably the Bistecca Fioentina, a 40-ounce Prime dry-aged porterhouse perfectly grilled; served for two at $58 per person. Greg Morago, Houston Chronicle, "First look: New Carmelo’s is on its way to new greatness," 4 Apr. 2018 For entrees, expect mushroom risotto; whole, bone-in branzino piccata; veal porterhouse saltimbocca with Fontina polenta, prosciutto, and sage; and more. Devra First, BostonGlobe.com, "Grassona’s Italian: so old-school it’s new again," 29 Mar. 2018 The sample menu has entrees from $10 for a burger to $27 for a porterhouse steak. Kyle Arnold, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Funky Monkey closes at Pointe Orlando, owners opening new eatery in Mills 50," 28 Mar. 2018 Upstairs at the Gwen: Specialty items will include lamb tartar, lamb porterhouse and merguez sausage, lamb ragu and butterscotch pot de creme. Grace Wong, chicagotribune.com, "50-plus Easter brunch spots in Chicago and suburbs," 20 Mar. 2018 The Atlanta Falcons’ new stadium, plumbing and heating systems at Fannie Mae’s new headquarters, the porterhouse at Peter Luger Steak House and even the Disney World experience have all depended, in small part or large, on their labor. Vivian Yee, Liz Robbins And Caitlin Dickerson, New York Times, "From Offices to Disney World, Employers Brace for the Loss of an Immigrant Work Force," 9 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of porterhouse

1730, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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