Definition of loin in English:



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

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He suffered from pain in the loins, scanty urine, hematuria, and generalized edema.’
    • ‘What is the diagnostic significance of microhaematuria in patients with pain in the loin or lower urinary tract symptoms?’
    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.’
      • ‘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?’
    2. 1.2loin A large cut of meat that includes the vertebrae of the loins.
      ‘loin of pork with potatoes’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘That got the thumbs-up, as did my loin of venison with endives and beetroot jus.’
      • ‘Place a slice of rabbit loin on one side of the plate and a rabbit chop in the center.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘No rolled loin of lamb with grain mustard, crisp pancetta and girolle mushrooms for me, then.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘My guest seemed just as impressed with his loin of venison accompanied by truffled lentils, red cabbage and red wine jus.’
      • ‘Distinctive dishes such as loin of pork cooked in milk, which reduces to provide a grainy sauce, appear in Italian and Spanish cooking.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Among the hot dishes on their menu were seared loin of pork in honey and thyme, with Stilton and pistachio sausage.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘To start with I would order crayfish with garlic butter, followed by loin of venison.’
      • ‘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.’


  • gird (up) one's loins

    • Prepare and strengthen oneself for what is to come.

      • ‘I think she should have told him and let the family gird their loins against it.’
      • ‘However he never gave up and continually sought to gird his loins with courage.’
      • ‘You get more tired and less able to take the stress and to gird your loins and take on another day.’
      • ‘Quite how I am going to gird my loins to restart studying in October, I am not sure.’
      • ‘This, then, is the time when we should be taking our last quiet pleasures whilst we gird our loins for the coming assault.’
      • ‘But I girded my loins and I gritted my teeth and I did it - with only a slight hint at tears welling up in my eyes.’
      • ‘He calls on ‘progressives’ everywhere to gird their loins for a battle for humanity.’
      • ‘The ruse of hiding the newspapers no longer works because nowadays when they cannot find them they put two and two together and gird themselves for a funeral.’
      • ‘Meantime, it is essential that we do gird our loins and fight this latest takeover of our right to farm.’
      • ‘So after breakfast I brush my teeth, gird my loins and set off into the mythical morning.’
      prepare, get ready, make ready, gear up, nerve, steel, galvanize, brace, strengthen, fortify, bolster, buttress
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Middle English: from Old French loigne, based on Latin lumbus.