from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The hip, buttock, and upper thigh in humans and animals.
- n. The loin and leg of a four-footed animal, especially as used for food: a haunch of venison.
- n. Architecture Either of the sides of an arch, curving down from the apex to an impost.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The area encompassing the upper thigh, hip and buttocks on one side of a human, primate, or quadruped animal, especially one that is able to sit on its hindquarters.
- n. The loin and leg of a quadruped, especially when used as food.
- n. A squat vertical support structure.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The hip; the projecting region of the lateral parts of the pelvis and the hip joint; the hind part.
- n. Of meats: The leg and loin taken together.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The fleshy part of the body, in men and quadrupeds, above the thigh, pertaining to each hipjoint and wing of the pelvis; the hip: as, a haunch of venison; the haunches of a horse.
- n. The coxa or basal joint of the legs in insects and spiders.
- n. The rear; the hind part.
- n. The jamb or upright post of a door. See jamb.
- n. In architecture, the middle part between the vertex or crown and the springing of an arch — sometimes used to include the spandrel or part of it; the flank. Also haunching.
- To throw, as a stone, from the hand by jerking it against the haunch.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the hip and buttock and upper thigh in human beings
- n. the loin and leg of a quadruped
Middle English haunche, from Old French hanche, from Frankish *hanka.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English, from Old French, from a Germanic source, probably Frankish. (Wiktionary)