sir·​loin ˈsər-ˌlȯin How to pronounce sirloin (audio)
: a cut of meat and especially of beef from the part of the hindquarter just in front of the round see beef illustration

Examples of sirloin in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web At an average of $9.35 per pound, sirloin steak is up 2.3% from January 2023, according to the report. Megan Cerullo, CBS News, 1 Feb. 2024 The price of sirloin steak is up 2.3% from a year ago, while a pound of ground beef is up nearly 12%. Chris Morris, Fortune, 6 Feb. 2024 Understanding Cuts Of Ham Rump, Butt, Or Sirloin The rump or sirloin end comes from the upper portion of the leg. Patricia S York, Southern Living, 27 Jan. 2024 At its base, this colorful Cambodian salad features thinly sliced sirloin tossed in a sauce that manages to be funky, fiery, acidic and sweet all at once. Nick Kindelsperger, Chicago Tribune, 28 Dec. 2022 On This Day When Dec. 14 and Dec. 16, 2023 Where American Martyrs Catholic Church, Manhattan Beach, Calif. Batter Up At a reception following the wedding at the Bel-Air Club, guests chose from a menu of top sirloin steak, chicken tapenade or orecchiette. Tammy Lagorce, New York Times, 29 Dec. 2023 Entrees were spring lamb in mint sauce, roast chicken in bread sauce and beef sirloin with horseradish cream. Justine McDaniel, Washington Post, 9 Nov. 2023 Their options included salmon with Hollandaise, spring lamb with mint sauce, sirloin of beef with horseradish cream, and mallard duck with port wine sauce. Tori Latham, Robb Report, 9 Nov. 2023 Like the picanha, the beef short ribs are seasoned only with coarse sea salt, but unlike the sirloin cap, the bones are first cooked for hours in a commissary smoker, which Gonzalez built himself, before they’re finished over charcoal on the truck. Tim Carman, Washington Post, 19 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History


alteration of earlier surloin, modification of Middle French surlonge, from sur over (from Latin super) + loigne, longe loin — more at over, loin

First Known Use

1554, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sirloin was in 1554

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“Sirloin.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

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sir·​loin ˈsər-ˌlȯin How to pronounce sirloin (audio)
: a cut of meat and especially of beef from the part just in front of the rump

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