\ˈstāk \

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

2 : ground beef prepared for cooking or for serving in the manner of a steak hamburger steak

Examples of steak in a Sentence

I grilled a steak for dinner. We had steak and potatoes for dinner.

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The table fills with plates of food: tender filet mignon for her; bowls of butter dumplings and sautéed spinach; a large steak for him, still sizzling with heat; and hash browns, which Wozniacki has ordered and Lee sneaks forkfuls of. Louisa Thomas, Vogue, "A Night Out With Caroline Wozniacki and David Lee, Sports’ Most Romantic Couple," 11 Dec. 2018 His splurge is a steak from Morton’s the Steakhouse. Jen Murphy, WSJ, "A Breakdancing Underdog at 60," 3 Nov. 2018 So lower-fat proteins, such as chicken or turkey, are better options for grilling than fatty meats. Craving a juicy steak? Andrea Thelen, Ms, Detroit Free Press, "6 tips for healthy and safe grilling," 9 July 2018 Unlike a uniform steak, a butterflied leg of lamb is a lumpy, ungainly thing. Melissa Clark, New York Times, "Lamb, Under Fire, and at Its Best," 6 July 2018 The Kyoto tuna burger features a tuna steak with dressed with spring mix and yuzu kosho mayonnaise. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "18 new restaurants in Carmel, Noblesville, Westfield and Indianapolis' north side," 27 June 2018 With a steak, cooked rare, in front of him, and a glass of fine cabernet in his hand, San Diego golfer Phil Rodgers loved to tell stories. Loudly. Tod Leonard,, "Phil Rodgers dies; San Diegan enjoyed golf successes playing, teaching," 26 June 2018 Later, Foster was awarded a treat - a steak - for his efforts. David Caraccio, sacbee, "Watch police K-9 snatch a loaded shotgun from armed suspect," 26 June 2018 When time is finally up, Ramsay presents a marinated steak of cauliflower dusted in vadouvan spice and paired with a garlic, onion, chickpea, and tomato puree. Olivia Harrison,, "Madelaine Petsch Forced Gordon Ramsey To Cook Vegan & The Results Were Disastrous," 11 June 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of steak

: a thick, flat piece of meat and especially beef

: a thick, flat piece of fish

: beef that is cut into small pieces and used for stews, casseroles, etc.


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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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