Definition of loin in English:



usually loins
  • 1The part of the body on both sides of the spine between the lowest (false) ribs and the hip bones.

    • ‘What is the diagnostic significance of microhaematuria in patients with pain in the loin or lower urinary tract symptoms?’
    • ‘Only breast, rib cage and, less distinctly, loin and thigh are exposed.’
    • ‘Symptoms that indicate an upper urinary tract infection are a high temperature, pain in the loin, nausea, vomiting, and rigors.’
    • ‘He suffered from pain in the loins, scanty urine, hematuria, and generalized edema.’
    • ‘A punishment for misdemeanors was to be placed in cross irons, which were bars locked between the ankles from which chains went to a belt around the loins.’
    1. 1.1loinsliterary The region of the sexual organs regarded as the source of erotic or procreative power.
      ‘he felt a stirring in his loins at the thought’
      • ‘Does this young man wholly escape guilt of lust, simply because his gluttonous palate overbore his lustful loins?’
      • ‘His body responded to his mind, flooding his loins, yet again.’
      • ‘The feeling in his chest, and in his loins, returned.’
    2. 1.2 A joint of meat that includes the vertebrae of the loins.
      ‘loin of pork’
      • ‘If you serve a steak (or a loin of pork, or a nice cut of lamb) straight from the pan like this, by the time the plate reaches the table, the meat will usually be lying in a small puddle of its own juices.’
      • ‘My guest seemed just as impressed with his loin of venison accompanied by truffled lentils, red cabbage and red wine jus.’
      • ‘Place a slice of rabbit loin on one side of the plate and a rabbit chop in the center.’
      • ‘No rolled loin of lamb with grain mustard, crisp pancetta and girolle mushrooms for me, then.’
      • ‘The report was they had been dining the night before on loin of veal while chatting about the plight of the common man in America.’
      • ‘We did just that a few weeks ago to see friends who served a perfect ‘Sunday lunch’ of pumpkin soup, roast loin of pork and cauliflower cheese, followed by a luscious orange syrup cake.’
      • ‘The roast loin of venison also proved to be a hot contender.’
      • ‘That got the thumbs-up, as did my loin of venison with endives and beetroot jus.’
      • ‘The braised loin of lamb (it includes round Thai eggplants and a very un-Thai-like dollop of foie gras) was superior, however, and so were the short ribs.’
      • ‘The house-smoked loin of pork is prepared on a Li'l Chief smoker (the kind you see at football tailgate parties).’
      • ‘In addition to the varied menu, which offers particular chef's favourites, such as loin of pork in Stilton, special daily dishes are featured on a blackboard suspended from the ceiling.’
      • ‘Distinctive dishes such as loin of pork cooked in milk, which reduces to provide a grainy sauce, appear in Italian and Spanish cooking.’
      • ‘One butcher I spoke to said that you simply could not trim a loin of pork like a rack of lamb.’
      • ‘To start with I would order crayfish with garlic butter, followed by loin of venison.’
      • ‘I had enough loin of Deeside venison to feed a small family, while the black pudding that accompanied it was marvellously smooth and rich.’
      • ‘Among the hot dishes on their menu were seared loin of pork in honey and thyme, with Stilton and pistachio sausage.’
      • ‘Saute them in olive oil (no more than two teaspoons) with garlic and onions, and serve with sweet meats such as pork loin or ham.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘For dinner, roast loin of venison with a raspberry and port sauce followed by amaretto bavarois with summer fruits for desert is recommended.’
      • ‘A double top loin is simply two top loins tied together; ask the butcher to do this for you.’


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