- either side of an arch, extending from the vertex or crown to the impost.
- the part of a beam projecting below a floor or roof slab.
Origin of haunch
Examples from the Web for haunch
This chair by British designer Thomas Heatherwick is now on view in his show at Haunch of Venison gallery in New York.
We will not take upon us to say how much of his romance was due to the haunch of venison.The Golden Dream|R.M. Ballantyne
The hip of a chase is no term of woodman's craft: the haunch is.
As the young moose sprang into the air, the claws caught him slantingly on the haunch.The Kindred of the Wild|Charles G. D. Roberts
The deer have appeared again too in the park of Armine, and many a haunch smokes on the epicurean table of Cleveland-row.Henrietta Temple|Benjamin Disraeli
They will sell as fine a haunch for half a crown as would cost full thirty shillings in England.Customs and Fashions in Old New England|Alice Morse Earle
British Dictionary definitions for haunch
Word Origin for haunch
Word Origin and History for haunch
early 13c., from Old French hanche (12c.) "hip, thigh; haunch," from a Germanic source, perhaps Frankish *hanka (cf. Old High German hinkan "to limp," ancha "leg," literally "joint;" Middle Dutch hanke "haunch"). "It is only since the 18th c. that the spelling haunch has displaced hanch" [OED]. Related: Haunches.