\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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Pick your entree, such as sauteed salmon with ratatouille, duck confit with gratin dauphinois or beef pepper steak with sauteed potatoes and onions. Georgann Yara, azcentral, "French restaurants in Phoenix to celebrate Bastille Day," 9 July 2018 The latest generation of luxury electric cars though are also trying to serve up a sizzling steak with those greens, drawing buyers in based primarily on their performance rather than just their environmentally-friendly credentials. NBC News, "Luxury electric cars lure buyers on performance, not the planet," 9 July 2018 Bell uses it on a sandwich of seared steak with goat cheese, asparagus and roasted onion. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Sweet summer on a plate: Fruits can enhance savory dishes, too," 26 June 2018 Jack in the Box The regional chain created a premium Ribeye Burger late last year based around ribeye steak with a red-wine glaze. Chris Woodyard, USA TODAY, "Here's how IHOP, er, IHOb stands on burgers compared to McDonald's, Burger King, others," 11 June 2018 Bought ½ dozen oranges to eat tomorrow. Walked around some more and then ate again – 2 glasses of milk and a hamburger steak with french fries. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, "Service Diary of a Corpsman: Roy L. Wall, LST 509," 28 May 2018 There was plenty for hard-core carnivores, too: a whole ham steak with eggs at brunch; pork chops; lamb ragu. Junot Díaz, The New Yorker, "Hyper-Local Greenery (and Beer) at Brooklyn’s Annicka," 27 Apr. 2018 Season steak with chili powder and ½ teaspoon each salt and pepper. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Grilled Steak Tortilla Salad," 24 Apr. 2018 Go-to dishes are steak with raspberry sauce or pasta with shrimp and clams. Jen Murphy, WSJ, "Her Key to Better Tennis at 75? Kickboxing," 21 Apr. 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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