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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 Celebrate Easter with a special at-home feast for four that includes a choice of Caesar or house salad, roasted beef tenderloin, garlic mashed potatoes, creamed spinach and cheesecake ($180). Gege Reed, The Courier-Journal, "Here are 15+ places to dine-in or grab a meal to-go for Easter around Louisville," 25 Mar. 2021 The meal is stuffed tenderloin, lasagna, Caesar salad, asparagus, garlic bread and ricotta pie. Susan Dunne, courant.com, "Easter brunches, dinners at restaurants in Connecticut - to go, dine-in or outdoors," 23 Mar. 2021 All three appeared in a live 30-minute cooking lesson before Valentine’s Day that featured sous-vide beef tenderloin prepared by Oost in her favorite French cast iron pan. Maria Halkias, Dallas News, "Neiman Marcus uses creativity to resurrect its restaurant business," 19 Feb. 2021 Tournedos Rossini — blushing beef tenderloin paired with foie gras — rests on sauteed spinach alongside buttery potato puree. Washington Post, "Fresh reasons to return to 1789, one of D.C.’s oldest restaurants," 19 Feb. 2021 The menu is beef heavy: beef carpaccio and steak tartar, beef tenderloin, tomahawk steaks, burgers and meatballs. Sarah Blaskovich, Dallas News, "Instagram-famous chef Salt Bae says Nusr-Et steakhouse in Dallas opens March 4," 2 Mar. 2021 Over the holidays in London, Claridge’s shipped out 200 beef Wellingtons, a traditional British dish of beef tenderloin steak, coated with pâté and diced mushroom then wrapped in puff pastry and baked until gold and crisp. Jem Bartholomew, WSJ, "Champagne Delivery by Rolls-Royce? Posh Restaurants Break Out the Takeout Menu," 14 Jan. 2021 At the Liberty Hotel’s flagship restaurant (215 Charles St. at Fruit Street), Lydia Shire oversees a $130 Valentine’s Day four-course feast with ravioli, Chilean sea bass, veal chops, beef tenderloin, lobster, and other indulgences. Kara Baskin, BostonGlobe.com, "Where to celebrate Valentine’s Day," 5 Feb. 2021 Using the point of your knife, carefully separate the tenderloin from the spine on both ends, and gently pull it out of the animal. Will Brantley, Field & Stream, "How to Clean Big Game with the Gutless Method," 20 Nov. 2020

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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 14 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of tenderloin

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

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