from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The rump bone, especially of cattle.
  • n. The cut of beef containing the rump bone.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A cut of beef lying above the rump bone
  • n. The rump bone itself

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The bone of the rump; also, the cut of beef surrounding this bone.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The bone of the buttock or rump in cattle; the cut of beef which includes this bone.
  • n. Kerve up the flesh ther up to the hach-bone.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a cut of beef including the H-shaped rump bone


Alteration (influenced by aitch) of Middle English hach-boon, from an hach-boon, an aitchbone, alteration of a nachebon : nache, buttock (from Old French, from Late Latin naticās, accusative pl. of natica, buttock, from Latin natis) + bon, bone (from Old English bān).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
See natch. (Wiktionary)


  • Plate No. 10 is this aitchbone, which is first cut from the round, and then the steaks are taken off.

    Miss Parloa's New Cook Book

  • After the aitchbone and steaks have been taken from the round there remain nice pieces for stewing and braising; and still lower the meat and bones are good for soups and jellies.

    Miss Parloa's New Cook Book

  • It was tried in every fashion, — braised brisket, roasted ribs, broiled steaks, filet sauté, boiled aitchbone, &c., — and in all, gave evidence of the fact, that a new meat of surpassing value had been added to the products of the English park.

    The Book of Household Management

  • Boiled beef, either the aitchbone or the silver side of the round; carrots, turnips, suet dumplings, and potatoes: if there is a marrowbone, serve the marrow on toast at the same time.

    The Book of Household Management


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