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tournedos

[too r-ni-doh, too r-ni-doh; French toor-nuh-doh]
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noun, plural tour·ne·dos [too r-ni-dohz, too r-ni-dohz; French toor-nuh-doh] /ˈtʊər nɪˌdoʊz, ˌtʊər nɪˈdoʊz; French tur nəˈdoʊ/.
  1. small slices of fillet of beef, round and thick, served with a variety of sauces and garnished.

Origin of tournedos

1920–25; < French, equivalent to tourne(r) to turn + dos (< Latin dorsum back)
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  • Salt and pepper the tournedos, saut in butter, and put on a platter.

  • Tournedos are small tenderloin beef steaks, trimmed free of fat.

  • Therefore the menu is to be very simple: truite à la Bellevue, tournedos aux pommes, some fruit.

    General Bramble

    Andr Maurois

  • It speaks of things which will never be realized; suprme de volaille, tournedos la poivrade, and so forth.

    An Englishman in Paris

    Albert D. (Albert Dresden) Vandam


British Dictionary definitions for tournedos

tournedos

noun plural -dos (-ˌdəʊz)
  1. a thick round steak of beef cut from the fillet or undercut of sirloin

Word Origin

from French, from tourner to turn + dos back
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Word Origin and History for tournedos

n.

fillet of steak dish, 1877, from French, from tourner "to turn" (see turn (v.)) + dos "back." According to French etymologists, "so called because the dish is traditionally not placed on the table but is passed behind the backs of the guests" [OED]. But there are other theories.

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