\ ˈstāk How to pronounce steak (audio) \
plural steaks

Definition of steak

1a : a slice of meat cut from a fleshy part of a beef carcass
b : a similar slice of a specified meat other than beef ham steak
c : a cross-section slice of a large fish swordfish steak
d : a thick slice or piece of a non-meat food especially when prepared or served in the manner of a beef steak tofu/portobello steaks a cauliflower steak
2a : ground beef prepared for cooking or for serving in the manner of a steak hamburger steak
b : a non-meat food formed into a patty and cooked lentil steak wild mushroom steak

Examples of steak in a Sentence

I grilled a steak for dinner. We had steak and potatoes for dinner.
Recent Examples on the Web With meatpacking plants shuttered, prices are skyrocketing: Kerley said ground beef went from $1.80 a pound to $6 a pound, and steak has gone from $6 a pound to $12.75 a pound. Dahlia Ghabour, The Courier-Journal, "Eating at a restaurant looks a lot different after COVID-19 shutdowns. Here's what to expect," 28 May 2020 An arriving officer located the Olmsted Falls shoplifter, who was attempting to steal steaks from the grocery store. John Benson, cleveland, "Olmsted Falls shoplifter caught with stolen steaks and heroin: Brooklyn Police Blotter," 27 May 2020 His wartime experience led him to develop a character test: Pick your 10 best men, starve them for a month and bring them into a room with enough steaks for each, in different sizes. Sig Christenson,, "American POW’s family, waiting in San Antonio, had no idea how dark his days would get," 25 May 2020 Use a food thermometer to check that your burgers or steaks have been cooked to a temperature that will help prevent foodborne illnesses from bacteria such as E. coli. Mike Snider, USA TODAY, "Memorial Day 2020 food safety: Coronavirus isn't the only threat at holiday weekend barbecues," 23 May 2020 At the same time, the stuff that's usually much more expensive, like the fancy steak cuts, has a big drop in demand. TheWeek, "A strange side-effect of the pandemic? 'Carcass imbalance'," 22 May 2020 Uncooked ground beef was up 4.8% in April, beef roasts were up 5% and beef steaks saw a 2.1% jump, the Labor Department said. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Food prices soar to highest one-month increase since 1974," 20 May 2020 University researchers are even experimenting with how to give that mushy meat structure to one day grow steaks in the lab. Matt Simon, Wired, "Covid Is Accelerating the Rise of Faux Meat," 19 May 2020 This Saturday, Northwest Portland’s 75-year-old Ringside steakhouse will bring back the dry-aged steak sale that led to a mile-long traffic jam last month. oregonlive, "RingSide’s traffic-plagued steak sale returns, this time with reservations," 14 May 2020

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First Known Use of steak

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for steak

Middle English steke, from Old Norse steik; akin to Old Norse steikja to roast on a stake, stik stick, stake — more at stick

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31 May 2020

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“Steak.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of steak

: a thick, flat piece of meat and especially beef
: a thick, flat piece of fish
British : beef that is cut into small pieces and used for stews, casseroles, etc.


\ ˈstāk How to pronounce steak (audio) \

Kids Definition of steak

1 : a thick slice of meat and especially beef
2 : a thick slice of a large fish (as salmon)

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