Definition of tenderloin in English:


Syllabification: ten·der·loin
Pronunciation: /ˈtendərˌloin


  • 1The tenderest part of a loin of beef, pork, etc., taken from under the short ribs in the hindquarters.
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    • Pork tenderloin is the fillet steak of the pig and is seriously underrated.
    • The meat section had: butterflied lamb, mutton, beef, pork chop, pork tenderloin and T-bone.
    • For generous helpings of protein and low levels of fat, pork loin and tenderloin are on par with chicken breast.
  • 1.1US The undercut of a sirloin.
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    • This is the fillet (also known as tenderloin, or undercut), a long muscle located underneath the bones of the sirloin.
    • A Porterhouse steak consists of both tenderloin and sirloin.
    • If you can afford cuts such as tenderloin or top sirloin, you can feel good about eating a tasty yet healthy source of protein.
  • 2North American informal A district of a city where vice and corruption are prominent.
    [ late 19th century: originally a term applied to a district of New York, seen as a 'choice' assignment by police because of the bribes offered to them to turn a blind eye]
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    • Urban reformers had closed the segregated districts in over eighty cities, including the entrenched tenderloins.
    • Most large and many smaller cities had thriving, protected tenderloins.
    • Wards with vice districts consistently elected important tenderloin businessmen, usually leading saloon keepers.

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