\ 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 Don’t be surprised to see bacon, pork chops, steak or other treats on the trail — or even mushers sharing their human food with particularly picky eaters. Blair Braverman, Anchorage Daily News, "What do mushers feed their dog teams? What do they do during their off time? Your questions, answered," 14 Mar. 2020 In turn, those cattle would be turned into steaks or burgers eaten by people tens or hundreds or thousands of miles away. Alejandra Borunda, National Geographic, "How beef eaters in cities are draining rivers in the American West," 2 Mar. 2020 Scientists believe this coronavirus started in another animal and spread to humans, so health officials recommend laying off the rare steak or runny yolks, and thoroughly cooking meat and eggs. Leah Asmelash, CNN, "Stores in central Texas are running out of medical masks after possible case of coronavirus reported," 25 Jan. 2020 The tech entrepreneur previously said his dinners typically consist of a protein (chicken, steak or fish) with vegetables (salad, spinach, asparagus or Brussels sprouts). Benjamin Vanhoose,, "Mark Wahlberg Debates With Dr. Oz Over Whether to Eat Breakfast or Not," 22 Jan. 2020 The Blood-Horse reported that Ferdinand, born in Kentucky and later sold to a Japanese breeding farm, likely died in a Japanese slaughterhouse in 2002 and probably became steak or pet food. Josh Peter, USA TODAY, "Horses go from racetracks to slaughterhouses: 'It's just a job to me'," 31 Oct. 2019 Imagine coming off the course and having a Thomas Keller steak or hamburger here. Michael Hiller, Los Angeles Times, "$550 to play a round of golf at Wynn Las Vegas’ re-imagined course," 3 Oct. 2019 But already bioengineers are taking on the next tougher challenge: growing structured cuts of meat like a steak or a chicken cutlet. Natalie R. Rubio, The Conversation, "So far cultured meat has been burgers – the next big challenge is animal-free steaks," 5 July 2019 Lunch and dinner means acai bowls, smoothies, salads, sandwiches and customizable plates featuring tofu, chicken, steak or salmon. Bradley Zint,, "On Food: Cultivation Kitchen in Anaheim is transparent about ingredients served in a see-through space," 11 June 2019

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

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22 Mar 2020

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“Steak.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Mar. 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.


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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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