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  1. Usually loins. the part or parts of the human body or of a quadruped animal on either side of the spinal column, between the false ribs and hipbone.

  2. a cut of meat from this region of an animal, especially a portion including the vertebrae of such parts.

  1. loins,

    • the parts of the body between the hips and the lower ribs, especially regarded as the seat of physical strength and generative power.

    • the genital and pubic area; genitalia.

Idioms about loin

  1. gird (up) one's loins, to prepare oneself for something requiring readiness, strength, or endurance: He girded his loins to face his competitor.

Origin of loin

1275–1325; Middle English loyne<Middle French lo(i)gne, perhaps <Vulgar Latin *lumbea, noun use of feminine of *lumbeus of the loins, equivalent to Latin lumb(us) loin + -eus-eous

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British Dictionary definitions for loin


/ (lɔɪn) /

  1. Also called: lumbus anatomy the part of the lower back and sides between the pelvis and the ribs: Related adjective: lumbar

  2. a cut of meat from this part of an animal

Origin of loin

C14: from Old French loigne, perhaps from Vulgar Latin lumbra (unattested), from Latin lumbus loin

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Other Idioms and Phrases with loin


see gird one's loins.

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