plural steaks
: a slice of meat cut from a fleshy part of a beef carcass
: a similar slice of a specified meat other than beef
ham steak
: a cross-section slice of a large fish
swordfish steak
: 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
: ground beef prepared for cooking or for serving in the manner of a steak
hamburger steak
: 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 Riley also received a steak dinner and a party with his favorite people for the early celebration. Kelli Bender, Peoplemag, 20 Nov. 2023 Place onto your holiday table with the turkey or baked ham, or serve up on a weeknight paired with roasted chicken, steak, or another protein. Emily Nabors Hall, Southern Living, 11 Nov. 2023 They’re made of pure muscle, and while the payout of delicious swordfish steaks is worth the grind, your whole body will be sore at the dinner table. Joe Cermele, Field & Stream, 9 Nov. 2023 Seasoning choices: Add other herbs or spices, such as Old Bay, garlic powder, or steak seasoning. Southern Living Test Kitchen, Southern Living, 8 Nov. 2023 The eatery serves steaks from LaRoche’s family ranch, though Aldean says the best thing on the menu is the lobster mac and cheese. Mikael Wood, Los Angeles Times, 2 Nov. 2023 These customers, who typically work in technology and finance, are buying $150 to $200 bottles of wine and spending a little over $200 on steak for two. Bychristopher Rugaber, Fortune, 30 Oct. 2023 One of the simplest ways to enjoy a tender, juicy steak at home is to learn how to cook one in your oven. Andrea Beck, Better Homes & Gardens, 22 Oct. 2023 Simply pick a cut of steak, a salad dressing and a starch, and say yes to the onion rings. Brett Anderson, New York Times, 16 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of steak was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Steak.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


: a slice of meat and especially beef
: a slice of a large fish (as swordfish)

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