Definition of steak in English:



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

    ‘he liked his steak rare’
    • ‘The thick eight-ounce steak was cooked just medium as she had ordered it.’
    • ‘The chefs meanwhile offer up such delights as caviar, oysters and kangaroo steak.’
    • ‘A batter less precisely defined turns a simple tube steak into summer's ubiquitous corn dog.’
    • ‘It provides a lean and tender steak that can be grilled, pan-fried or oven-cooked.’
    • ‘A versatile salad, this could be served as an accompaniment to grilled steak, chicken or the creamy fish pie above.’
    • ‘It's a wonderful recipe of pork, venison, steak, kielbasa sausage and sauerkraut.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Prince Edward who gave the cook a night off and tried to make steak for dinner but burnt his hands in the process.’
    • ‘A green salad livened with blue cheese vinaigrette gets a fan of seared rare steak and colorful peppers.’
    • ‘She finally arrives at my table with the bottle some minutes after my steak has arrived.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The first thing I did when I got back home to Glasgow was to cook myself a huge plate of steak and chips.’
    • ‘For mains we ordered the rib-eye steak, the pork tenderloin and the fish of the day.’
    • ‘Traditional pub favourites dominate the menu, including steak, scampi and lasagne, with a two meals for £5.99 offer.’
    • ‘Mark had ham ravioli, which I found floury, and then a great big boring piece of steak with pepper sauce.’
    • ‘For mains there is a choice of three - rib eye steak, pork tenderloin or fish of the day.’
    1. 1.1A thick slice of beef or other high-quality meat or fish.
      ‘a salmon steak’
      • ‘They now make and sell their own sausages, steaks and burgers instead of getting someone else to do it.’
      • ‘Lay two breaded steaks at a time into oil and cook on each side until golden brown.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Suddenly we were experiencing great big steaks that were literally sizzling in front of you.’
      • ‘Dry the swordfish steaks with a paper towel, then sprinkle on a little salt and a bunch of pepper.’
      • ‘It would be very sad if all French cooks could manage was pizzas, steaks and burgers.’
      • ‘We had opted to do grilled salmon steaks, accompanied by a salad and some tiny new potatoes I'd discovered in a larder.’
      • ‘Eat strong cheese for protein I suppose, and salmon steaks with organic frozen peas because they are easy and tasty.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Among the meals on offer are chicken pasta, spaghetti bolognaise, tuna pizza and roast pork loin steaks.’
      • ‘Roll out the pastry and cut four oblong pieces large enough to enclose the steaks.’
      • ‘Lay the steaks in a shallow dish and sprinkle with a teaspoon of paprika and the pink peppercorns.’
      • ‘Not eating stacks of spare ribs and steaks, but a balanced diet of meat, fish and vegetables is healthier.’
      • ‘Season the steaks with black pepper and a little oil and set them aside while you heat a grill or griddle pan.’
      • ‘Thickly slice the steaks and serve spiced-side up, with a drizzle of red wine sauce.’
      • ‘Throughout the country, French fries are eaten with steaks or minced raw meat.’
      • ‘Thick, succulent tuna steaks are first marinated in a simple dressing, and then barbecued until just cooked.’
      • ‘The pub now has two restaurants serving anything from sausages to shark steaks.’
      • ‘What is it about blokes and meat? steaks, burgers, chops are the way to a man's heart’
    2. 1.2Poorer-quality beef that is cubed or ground and cooked more slowly by braising or stewing.
      • ‘Simply done British food such as cottage pie, steak and kidney pie, corned beef hash, sausage, egg, chips and tomatoes and caviar.’
      • ‘We began with soup, chicken for Madame and steak and kidney for me.’
      • ‘The steak and kidney pie was another solid item with lots of English gravy and considered to be good value.’
      • ‘Tea was moving on apace, from steak pie to pudding.’
      • ‘Neither words nor time are wasted as pannikins of tea are drunk and braised steak is eaten.’
      • ‘By choosing cuts for slow cooking, such as braising steak, you can buy organic beef for as little as £8.29 per kilo.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘That means £14 gets me everything I need for a week: chicken, mince, stewing steak.’
      • ‘Among the English classics will be steak and kidney pudding, lamb chump chops, topside of beef, bangers and mash, and fish, chips and peas.’
      • ‘My daughters prefer other foods to shepherd's pie, steak and kidney pudding or vegetable stew.’
      • ‘The menu reflects the western theme, leaning toward steaks and ribs - no steak and kidney pie or bangers and mash here.’
      • ‘Nights out with soup and steak pie, a fair amount of illicit alcohol and a night's dancing for 13 pence a head.’
      • ‘A belly full of steak pie had dulled my senses so my score wasn't as impressive as Darrens.’
      • ‘Do you know where to lay your teeth on the finest steak pie in the whole of Yorkshire pubdom?’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘I bought Marmite and lemon curd, cream crackers and gentleman's relish, steak and kidney pies and Worcestershire sauce.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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?’


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