tour·​ne·​dos ˌtu̇r-nə-ˈdō How to pronounce tournedos (audio)
plural tournedos ˌtu̇r-nə-ˈdō(z) How to pronounce tournedos (audio)
: a small fillet of beef usually cut from the tip of the tenderloin

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web In the tournedos Rossini, pan-seared Impossible Burger, subbing in for filet steak, fooled us both. David Kortava, The New Yorker, 24 Sep. 2021 Dark tournedos of Australian Wagyu beef, cooked rare on a Yakitori grill, sit atop crimson puddles of red pepper and shallot vinegar ($32). Michael Mayo,, 18 Sep. 2019

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Word History


French, from tourner to turn + dos back

First Known Use

1877, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of tournedos was in 1877

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“Tournedos.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Dec. 2022.

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