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  1. a cut of beef for broiling, pan-frying, etc.
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Origin of beefsteak

First recorded in 1705–15; beef + steak
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Examples from the Web for beefsteak

Historical Examples

  • We put into a lottery for a beefsteak pudding, and it is impossible to say what we may get.

    Life And Adventures Of Martin Chuzzlewit

    Charles Dickens

  • In short, my dish was beefsteak and onions, and very bad at that.

  • The servant had followed Drayton into the room with a beefsteak underdone.

    A Son of Hagar

    Sir Hall Caine

  • Perhaps you'd like a slice of beefsteak and a piece of plum-pudding too, wouldn't you?

  • Bring me a beefsteak, some potatoes, and an apple-dumpling.'

    The Big Nightcap Letters

    Frances Elizabeth Barrow

British Dictionary definitions for beefsteak


  1. a piece of beef that can be grilled, fried, etc, cut from any lean part of the animal
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Word Origin and History for beefsteak


also beef-steak, 1711, from beef (n.) + steak.

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