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[sur-loin] /ˈsɜr lɔɪn/
the portion of the loin of beef in front of the rump.
Origin of sirloin
1515-25; earlier surloyn < Old French *surloigne, variant of surlonge (French surlonge). See sur-1, loin Unabridged
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  • These should be cooked like sirloin, and served with the same accompaniments.

    The Skilful Cook Mary Harrison
  • Mr. Cahill insisted on sirloin, but admitted that he had made a mistake later on.

    Howards End E. M. Forster
  • We can tell Frank, however, that no sirloin was to be had so late in the day at the markets.

    Making His Way Horatio Alger, Jr.
  • A sirloin was set before him, on which he laid to as lustily as any beef-eater.

  • Broil a sirloin steak, place on a platter, and garnish with onions glacs and broiled fresh mushrooms.

  • Rufus went out and got some sirloin steak, and brought in a pie from the baker's.

    Rufus and Rose Horatio Alger, Jr
British Dictionary definitions for sirloin


a prime cut of beef from the loin, esp the upper part
Word Origin
C16 surloyn, from Old French surlonge, from sur above + longe, from loigneloin
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Word Origin and History for sirloin

early 15c., surloine, from Middle French surlonge, literally "upper part of the loin," from sur "over, above" (see sur-) + longe "loin," from Old French loigne (see loin).

English spelling with sir- dates from 1620s, by folk-etymology supposed to be because the cut of beef was "knighted" by an English king for its superiority, a tale variously told of Henry VIII, James I, and Charles II. The story dates to 1655.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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