from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The part of the body of a human or quadruped on either side of the backbone and between the ribs and hips.
- n. One of several cuts of meat, such as tenderloin, taken from this part of an animal's body, typically including the vertebrae of the segment from which it is taken.
- n. The region of the hips, groin, and lower abdomen.
- n. The reproductive organs.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The part of the body (of humans and quadrupeds) at each side of the backbone, between the ribs and hips
- n. Any of several cuts of meat taken from this part of an animal
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. That part of a human being or quadruped, which extends on either side of the spinal column between the hip bone and the false ribs. In human beings the loins are also called the reins. See Illust. of beef.
- n. A cut of meat taken from this part of a food animal, as from cattle or hogs.
- n. The pubic area; the genitalia, especially in women.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The part of an animal which lies between the lowest of the false ribs on each side and the upper part of the ilium or haunchbone; one of the lateral parts of the lumbar region: commonly used in the plural (often figuratively, with reference to this part of the body being the seat of the generative faculty and a symbol of strength), except as the name of a piece of meat from the lumbar region of an animal, as a loin of veal.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. either side of the backbone between the hipbone and the ribs in humans as well as quadrupeds
- n. a cut of meat taken from the side and back of an animal between the ribs and the rump
Middle English loine, from Old French loigne, from Vulgar Latin *lumbea (carō), loin (meat), feminine of *lumbeus, of the loin, from Latin lumbus, loin.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English loyne, from Old French loigne, assumedly from Late Latin root *lumbea, from Latin lumbus ("loin"), from Proto-Germanic *landwīn, *landwiō (“waist, loins”), from Proto-Indo-European *lendhw- (“kidney, waist”). Cognate with Old English lendenu, Dutch lende, German Lende, Swedish länd ("haunch, loin"), Proto-Slavic *lędvьja (Russian лядвея). See also lende. (Wiktionary)