Definition of loin in English:

loin

Syllabification: loin
Pronunciation: /loin
 
/

noun

(usually loins)
  • 1The part of the body on both sides of the spine between the lowest (false) ribs and the hipbones.
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    • What is the diagnostic significance of microhaematuria in patients with pain in the loin or lower urinary tract symptoms?
    • He suffered from pain in the loins, scanty urine, hematuria, and generalized edema.
    • Only breast, rib cage and, less distinctly, loin and thigh are exposed.
  • 1.1 (loins) chiefly • literary The region of the sexual organs, especially when regarded as the source of erotic or procreative power: he felt a stirring in his loins at the thought
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    • The feeling in his chest, and in his loins, returned.
    • His body responded to his mind, flooding his loins, yet again.
    • Does this young man wholly escape guilt of lust, simply because his gluttonous palate overbore his lustful loins?
  • 1.2 (loin) A large cut of meat that includes the vertebrae of the loins: loin of pork with potatoes
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    • Jamie ordered fillet of beef wrapped in pancetta with port, shallot and foie gras ravioli, while I chose the loin of venison with fresh sage and honeyed Armagnac sweetbreads.
    • The house-smoked loin of pork is prepared on a Li'l Chief smoker (the kind you see at football tailgate parties).
    • Distinctive dishes such as loin of pork cooked in milk, which reduces to provide a grainy sauce, appear in Italian and Spanish cooking.

Phrases

gird (up) one's loins

see gird1.

Origin

Middle English: from Old French loigne, based on Latin lumbus.

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