Definition of steak in English:

steak

noun

mass noun
  • 1High-quality beef taken from the hindquarters of the animal, typically cut into thick slices that are cooked by grilling or frying.

    ‘he liked his steak rare’
    ‘a plate of steak and chips’
    ‘half a pound of fillet steak’
    • ‘Mark had ham ravioli, which I found floury, and then a great big boring piece of steak with pepper sauce.’
    • ‘The first thing I did when I got back home to Glasgow was to cook myself a huge plate of steak and chips.’
    • ‘It's a wonderful recipe of pork, venison, steak, kielbasa sausage and sauerkraut.’
    • ‘Traditional pub favourites dominate the menu, including steak, scampi and lasagne, with a two meals for £5.99 offer.’
    • ‘It provides a lean and tender steak that can be grilled, pan-fried or oven-cooked.’
    • ‘Your steak was part of an animal that was mooing not long ago!’
    • ‘I picked listlessly at my Black Angus steak, not quite al dente fettuccine, and sighed.’
    • ‘For mains we ordered the rib-eye steak, the pork tenderloin and the fish of the day.’
    • ‘The thick eight-ounce steak was cooked just medium as she had ordered it.’
    • ‘A versatile salad, this could be served as an accompaniment to grilled steak, chicken or the creamy fish pie above.’
    • ‘A batter less precisely defined turns a simple tube steak into summer's ubiquitous corn dog.’
    • ‘His mother's mother and her husband came over for dinner this evening, and we had salad, steak, and vegetable on the patio.’
    • ‘The first time I cooked steak I didn't know when to stop and it turned out like a piece of black leather.’
    • ‘For mains there is a choice of three - rib eye steak, pork tenderloin or fish of the day.’
    • ‘A green salad livened with blue cheese vinaigrette gets a fan of seared rare steak and colorful peppers.’
    • ‘And then went back, almost immediately, for steak and chips at four in the afternoon.’
    • ‘There were also some quite spectacular pieces of dark red meat on show, available either in the form of a fat slab of steak or in choice little cuts delivered on a slice of crusty bread.’
    • ‘The chefs meanwhile offer up such delights as caviar, oysters and kangaroo steak.’
    • ‘She finally arrives at my table with the bottle some minutes after my steak has arrived.’
    • ‘Prince Edward who gave the cook a night off and tried to make steak for dinner but burnt his hands in the process.’
    1. 1.1count noun A thick slice of steak or other high-quality meat or fish.
      ‘a fillet steak’
      ‘a salmon steak’
      • ‘The pub now has two restaurants serving anything from sausages to shark steaks.’
      • ‘The French system of dissecting out muscles from a carcass yields other pieces of lean tender meat suitable for steaks.’
      • ‘Among the meals on offer are chicken pasta, spaghetti bolognaise, tuna pizza and roast pork loin steaks.’
      • ‘Suddenly we were experiencing great big steaks that were literally sizzling in front of you.’
      • ‘Roll out the pastry and cut four oblong pieces large enough to enclose the steaks.’
      • ‘Thick, succulent tuna steaks are first marinated in a simple dressing, and then barbecued until just cooked.’
      • ‘She cooked steaks and burgers in such a way that they almost mooed when prodded with a fork.’
      • ‘Throughout the country, French fries are eaten with steaks or minced raw meat.’
      • ‘Lay the steaks in a shallow dish and sprinkle with a teaspoon of paprika and the pink peppercorns.’
      • ‘Eat strong cheese for protein I suppose, and salmon steaks with organic frozen peas because they are easy and tasty.’
      • ‘We had opted to do grilled salmon steaks, accompanied by a salad and some tiny new potatoes I'd discovered in a larder.’
      • ‘My cart is filled with the steaks my husband wants for dinner, and my heart is filled with the comfort of knowing he'll be home to enjoy them.’
      • ‘Not eating stacks of spare ribs and steaks, but a balanced diet of meat, fish and vegetables is healthier.’
      • ‘Lay two breaded steaks at a time into oil and cook on each side until golden brown.’
      • ‘They now make and sell their own sausages, steaks and burgers instead of getting someone else to do it.’
      • ‘It would be very sad if all French cooks could manage was pizzas, steaks and burgers.’
      • ‘Thickly slice the steaks and serve spiced-side up, with a drizzle of red wine sauce.’
      • ‘Dry the swordfish steaks with a paper towel, then sprinkle on a little salt and a bunch of pepper.’
      • ‘What is it about blokes and meat? steaks, burgers, chops are the way to a man's heart’
      • ‘Season the steaks with black pepper and a little oil and set them aside while you heat a grill or griddle pan.’
    2. 1.2 Poorer-quality beef that is cubed or minced and cooked by braising or stewing.
      ‘braising steak’
      as modifier ‘steak and kidney pie’
      • ‘Neither words nor time are wasted as pannikins of tea are drunk and braised steak is eaten.’
      • ‘Huge tea: soup, steak pie, potatoes, apple crumble and custard, washed down with a bottle of black sheep ale.’
      • ‘Among the English classics will be steak and kidney pudding, lamb chump chops, topside of beef, bangers and mash, and fish, chips and peas.’
      • ‘The first dribble down the chin of scalding gravy from the Parkhead steak pie.’
      • ‘The hours he worked each day to scrape the money for the health insurance, was it all going into video players and braised steak for dinner?’
      • ‘By choosing cuts for slow cooking, such as braising steak, you can buy organic beef for as little as £8.29 per kilo.’
      • ‘Do you know where to lay your teeth on the finest steak pie in the whole of Yorkshire pubdom?’
      • ‘After all, why shouldn't the nation that brought us cordon bleu go wild for Welsh rarebit, steak and kidney pudding or a well-boiled egg?’
      • ‘I bought Marmite and lemon curd, cream crackers and gentleman's relish, steak and kidney pies and Worcestershire sauce.’
      • ‘This left one alternative to choose from, steak and kidney pie.’
      • ‘That means £14 gets me everything I need for a week: chicken, mince, stewing steak.’
      • ‘In the evening, though, I enjoy cooking our main meal, usually French dishes, with the occasional steak and kidney pie, curry or paella.’
      • ‘A belly full of steak pie had dulled my senses so my score wasn't as impressive as Darrens.’
      • ‘Tea was moving on apace, from steak pie to pudding.’
      • ‘The menu reflects the western theme, leaning toward steaks and ribs - no steak and kidney pie or bangers and mash here.’
      • ‘My daughters prefer other foods to shepherd's pie, steak and kidney pudding or vegetable stew.’
      • ‘We began with soup, chicken for Madame and steak and kidney for me.’
      • ‘Simply done British food such as cottage pie, steak and kidney pie, corned beef hash, sausage, egg, chips and tomatoes and caviar.’
      • ‘Nights out with soup and steak pie, a fair amount of illicit alcohol and a night's dancing for 13 pence a head.’
      • ‘The steak and kidney pie was another solid item with lots of English gravy and considered to be good value.’

Origin

Middle English: from Old Norse steik; related to steikja ‘roast on a spit’ and stikna ‘be roasted’.

Pronunciation

steak

/steɪk/