Definition of loin in US English:



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

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He suffered from pain in the loins, scanty urine, hematuria, and generalized edema.’
    • ‘Symptoms that indicate an upper urinary tract infection are a high temperature, pain in the loin, nausea, vomiting, and rigors.’
    1. 1.1loinsliterary 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’
      • ‘The feeling in his chest, and in his loins, returned.’
      • ‘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.’
    2. 1.2loin A large cut of meat that includes the vertebrae of the loins.
      ‘loin of pork with potatoes’
      • ‘Distinctive dishes such as loin of pork cooked in milk, which reduces to provide a grainy sauce, appear in Italian and Spanish cooking.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘A double top loin is simply two top loins tied together; ask the butcher to do this for you.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The roast loin of venison also proved to be a hot contender.’
      • ‘The house-smoked loin of pork is prepared on a Li'l Chief smoker (the kind you see at football tailgate parties).’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘For dinner, roast loin of venison with a raspberry and port sauce followed by amaretto bavarois with summer fruits for desert is recommended.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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 report was they had been dining the night before on loin of veal while chatting about the plight of the common man in America.’
      • ‘My guest seemed just as impressed with his loin of venison accompanied by truffled lentils, red cabbage and red wine jus.’
      • ‘That got the thumbs-up, as did my loin of venison with endives and beetroot jus.’
      • ‘No rolled loin of lamb with grain mustard, crisp pancetta and girolle mushrooms for me, then.’
      • ‘Place a slice of rabbit loin on one side of the plate and a rabbit chop in the center.’


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