- 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.
Origin of loin
Examples from the Web for loin
Rub the loin with olive oil, and season with salt and pepper.Make Carla Hall’s Roasted Pork Loin With Cranberries|Carla Hall|December 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
A javelin had passed through his loin, and pinned him to the brave mate's shoulder, so that he was dead in about five minutes.
The pieces of veal that are roasted are the loin, leg, and shoulder.
Secure a loin of veal with the kidneys left in, roll, season well and roast in the same manner as shoulder of veal.The Hotel St. Francis Cook Book|Victor Hirtzler
I kindled a fire near a fountain of sweet water, and feasted on the loin of a buck, which a few hours before I had killed.The Adventures of Colonel Daniel Boone|John Filson
Sirloin, sėr′loin, n. the loin or upper part of the loin of beef.
Word Origin for loin
early 14c., "side of the body of an animal used for food," from Old French loigne "hip, haunch, lumbar region," from Vulgar Latin *lumbea, from *lumbea caro "meat of the loin," from fem. of *lumbeus, adjective used as a noun, from Latin lumbus "loin" (see lumbago).
Replaced Old English lendenu "loins," from Proto-Germanic *landwin- (cf. German Lende "loin," Lenden "loins;" Old High German lenti, Old Saxon lendin, Middle Dutch lendine, Dutch lende, Old Norse lend).
The Latin word perhaps was borrowed from a Germanic source. In reference to the living human body, it is attested from late 14c. In Biblical translations, often used for "that part of the body that should be covered and about which the clothes are bound" (1520s). Related: Loins.
see gird one's loins.