ten·​der·​loin | \ ˈten-dər-ˌlȯin How to pronounce tenderloin (audio) \

Definition of tenderloin

1 : a strip of tender meat consisting of a large internal muscle of the loin on each side of the vertebral column
2 [from its making possible a luxurious diet for a corrupt police officer] : a district of a city largely devoted to vice

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A tenderloin, of course, is a juicy and tasty cut of meat. In the late 19th century, however, Tenderloin saw use as a nickname for the neighborhood of midtown Manhattan, west of Broadway and below 42nd Street. This district, which contained numerous bordellos, gambling houses, and watering holes, alongside theaters and hotels, became a hotbed of corruption - and, it was alleged by some, blackmail by police. The notion of dishonest law enforcers being able to afford a nice meal off activity in this district is believed to have given the Tenderloin its name. Soon the term was applied to similarly seedy districts in other cities.

Examples of tenderloin in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For dinner try the pork tenderloin and spring asparagus at Postero with a local draft beer afterward at Shine down the street. Andrew Nelson, WSJ, 19 May 2022 Most of the menu, including the signature stew and breaded tenderloin, is the same, as the stew recipe was included in the sale of the business and some long-time employees returned. Cheryl V. Jackson, The Indianapolis Star, 2 May 2022 Carnivorous cooks who enjoy finding new recipes for steak, burgers, brisket and tenderloin will have to scratch Epicurious from their search lists. Mary Colurso | Mcolurso@al.com, al, 27 Apr. 2021 At Pam’s Patio Kitchen and Wine Bar, the lunch menu stops at 5 p.m. to make way for a dinner menu that ranges from beef tenderloin and chicken saltimbocca to pad Thai and salmon pomodoro. Mike Sutter, San Antonio Express-News, 3 June 2022 To that end, serving Southern-style recipes made with ingredients such as country ham, grits, Benedictine spread, pimento cheese, tenderloin and bread or corn pudding are always winners. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, 7 Mar. 2022 What Fieri recommends: The filet mignon chili with pork tenderloin and fresh herbs. Emily Deletter, The Enquirer, 23 Feb. 2022 Entrée specials include beef tenderloin and wild mushroom lasagna. Susan Dunne, courant.com, 8 Feb. 2022 Appetizers are cocktail shrimp with traditional sauce, seared beef tenderloin crostini and strawberry in double cream. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, 10 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of tenderloin

circa 1828, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Tenderloin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tenderloin. Accessed 1 Jul. 2022.

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