tenderloin

noun
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.

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Plan ahead: Prepare an extra (plain) pork tenderloin, and save some cake for Monday. Susan Nicholson, ajc, "7 Day Menu Planner," 9 Feb. 2018 Pork loin chops or lamb tenderloin medallions are two examples that fit that description. Wolfgang Puck, Twin Cities, "Wolfgang Puck: Make your Fourth of July menu sizzle with grilled steaks," 3 July 2019 An entree of pork tenderloin seemed to be an entire loin — two colossal cylinders of roast pork, with a port-wine reduction, sweet-potato polenta, and the fragrant garnish of an orange gremolata. Rand Richards Cooper, courant.com, "The Federal, Agawam," 25 June 2019 Included will be pork tenderloin L’Orange, Le Burger Sliders, trout Almondine, Vidalia onion tarts and much more. cleveland.com, "Be careful around Horseshoe Lake; benefit at EDWINS on Shaker Square; more: Press Run," 28 June 2019 Culver’s also offers favorites such as the pot roast sandwich, pork tenderloin sandwich, seafood sandwiches and platters, chicken sandwiches, salads and soups. William Thornton | Wthornton@al.com, al.com, "Culver’s sets opening date for Hoover location," 11 June 2019 Season pork tenderloins with 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Apricot Grilled Pork Tenderloin and Peppers," 27 July 2018 File photo Paul's pork tenderloin, a customer favorite that costs $6.98, comes in a basket of golden fries and onion rings. Sarah Gish, kansascity, "Batter up: Here are 18 KC-area places to get perfect, golden-fried onion rings," 21 June 2018 Also, only steaks with a lot of marbling benefit from aging, so don't worry about buying dry-aged lean cuts like tenderloin. Nick Kindelsperger, chicagotribune.com, "Why dry-aged steak is superior, and where to buy it in Chicago for cooking at home," 14 June 2018

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First Known Use of tenderloin

circa 1828, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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tenderloin

noun

English Language Learners Definition of tenderloin

: a piece of very tender meat from the back of a cow or pig

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