Definition of steak in English:



  • 1[mass noun] High-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’
    • ‘Prince Edward who gave the cook a night off and tried to make steak for dinner but burnt his hands in the process.’
    • ‘Your steak was part of an animal that was mooing not long ago!’
    • ‘A versatile salad, this could be served as an accompaniment to grilled steak, chicken or the creamy fish pie above.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘And then went back, almost immediately, for steak and chips at four in the afternoon.’
    • ‘It's a wonderful recipe of pork, venison, steak, kielbasa sausage and sauerkraut.’
    • ‘A green salad livened with blue cheese vinaigrette gets a fan of seared rare steak and colorful peppers.’
    • ‘The thick eight-ounce steak was cooked just medium as she had ordered it.’
    • ‘She finally arrives at my table with the bottle some minutes after my steak has arrived.’
    • ‘Traditional pub favourites dominate the menu, including steak, scampi and lasagne, with a two meals for £5.99 offer.’
    • ‘The first time I cooked steak I didn't know when to stop and it turned out like a piece of black leather.’
    • ‘His mother's mother and her husband came over for dinner this evening, and we had salad, steak, and vegetable on the patio.’
    • ‘I picked listlessly at my Black Angus steak, not quite al dente fettuccine, and sighed.’
    • ‘The first thing I did when I got back home to Glasgow was to cook myself a huge plate of steak and chips.’
    • ‘Mark had ham ravioli, which I found floury, and then a great big boring piece of steak with pepper sauce.’
    • ‘A batter less precisely defined turns a simple tube steak into summer's ubiquitous corn dog.’
    • ‘For mains we ordered the rib-eye steak, the pork tenderloin and the fish of the day.’
    • ‘The chefs meanwhile offer up such delights as caviar, oysters and kangaroo steak.’
    • ‘It provides a lean and tender steak that can be grilled, pan-fried or oven-cooked.’
    • ‘For mains there is a choice of three - rib eye steak, pork tenderloin or fish of the day.’
    1. 1.1[count noun]A thick slice of steak or other high-quality meat or fish.
      before noun ‘a fillet steak’
      ‘a salmon steak’
      • ‘Not eating stacks of spare ribs and steaks, but a balanced diet of meat, fish and vegetables is healthier.’
      • ‘What is it about blokes and meat? steaks, burgers, chops are the way to a man's heart’
      • ‘The pub now has two restaurants serving anything from sausages to shark steaks.’
      • ‘Suddenly we were experiencing great big steaks that were literally sizzling in front of you.’
      • ‘We had opted to do grilled salmon steaks, accompanied by a salad and some tiny new potatoes I'd discovered in a larder.’
      • ‘Season the steaks with black pepper and a little oil and set them aside while you heat a grill or griddle pan.’
      • ‘Lay two breaded steaks at a time into oil and cook on each side until golden brown.’
      • ‘Eat strong cheese for protein I suppose, and salmon steaks with organic frozen peas because they are easy and tasty.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Thickly slice the steaks and serve spiced-side up, with a drizzle of red wine sauce.’
      • ‘They now make and sell their own sausages, steaks and burgers instead of getting someone else to do it.’
      • ‘Dry the swordfish steaks with a paper towel, then sprinkle on a little salt and a bunch of pepper.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The French system of dissecting out muscles from a carcass yields other pieces of lean tender meat suitable for steaks.’
      • ‘She cooked steaks and burgers in such a way that they almost mooed when prodded with a fork.’
      • ‘It would be very sad if all French cooks could manage was pizzas, steaks and burgers.’
      • ‘Among the meals on offer are chicken pasta, spaghetti bolognaise, tuna pizza and roast pork loin steaks.’
    2. 1.2Poorer-quality beef that is cubed or minced and cooked by braising or stewing.
      ‘braising steak’
      before noun [as modifier] ‘steak and kidney pie’
      • ‘We began with soup, chicken for Madame and steak and kidney for me.’
      • ‘A belly full of steak pie had dulled my senses so my score wasn't as impressive as Darrens.’
      • ‘By choosing cuts for slow cooking, such as braising steak, you can buy organic beef for as little as £8.29 per kilo.’
      • ‘The menu reflects the western theme, leaning toward steaks and ribs - no steak and kidney pie or bangers and mash here.’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘My daughters prefer other foods to shepherd's pie, steak and kidney pudding or vegetable stew.’
      • ‘In the evening, though, I enjoy cooking our main meal, usually French dishes, with the occasional steak and kidney pie, curry or paella.’
      • ‘This left one alternative to choose from, steak and kidney pie.’
      • ‘I bought Marmite and lemon curd, cream crackers and gentleman's relish, steak and kidney pies and Worcestershire sauce.’
      • ‘Tea was moving on apace, from steak pie to pudding.’
      • ‘That means £14 gets me everything I need for a week: chicken, mince, stewing steak.’
      • ‘Nights out with soup and steak pie, a fair amount of illicit alcohol and a night's dancing for 13 pence a head.’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘The steak and kidney pie was another solid item with lots of English gravy and considered to be good value.’
      • ‘Do you know where to lay your teeth on the finest steak pie in the whole of Yorkshire pubdom?’
      • ‘Among the English classics will be steak and kidney pudding, lamb chump chops, topside of beef, bangers and mash, and fish, chips and peas.’
      • ‘Simply done British food such as cottage pie, steak and kidney pie, corned beef hash, sausage, egg, chips and tomatoes and caviar.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The first dribble down the chin of scalding gravy from the Parkhead steak pie.’


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