- the hip.
- the fleshy part of the body about the hip.
- a hindquarter of an animal.
- the leg and loin of an animal, used for food.
- 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.A Chair Is Born
February 14, 2012
Can you eat an unskinned hare, or dine on the haunch of a bounding stag?
The doctor shook his head mournfully, remembering the haunch.
A haunch of mutton should be dressed like venison, only in proportion as it may be less, it must not roast quite so long.
To judge of its sweetness, run a very sharp narrow knife into the shoulder or haunch, and the meat will be known by the scent.
He knew that one of them had plunged a knife in the animal's haunch.The Duke Of Chimney Butte
G. W. Ogden
- the human hip or fleshy hindquarter of an animal, esp a horse or similar quadruped
- the leg and loin of an animal, used for fooda haunch of venison
- Also called: hance architect the part of an arch between the impost and the apex
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.