- 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.
- a cut of meat from this region of an animal, especially a portion including the vertebrae of such parts.
- 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.
- 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
Examples from the Web for loins
They may be the fruit of his loins; they are also potential rivals.The Murdoch Family Succession Psychodrama
November 24, 2011
In loins of meat, the long pipe that runs by the bone should be taken out, as it is apt to taint; as also the kernels of beef.
Let them gird sackcloth on their loins and hide their faces.The Christian
There was an aching weight upon his loins, but he had no interest in that either.Despair's Last Journey
David Christie Murray
He was tied up by the loins, and suspended for a considerable time.Fox's Book of Martyrs
The men cover only their loins, and the women dress from the waist to the knees.The Philippine Islands
- the hips and the inner surface of the legs where they join the trunk of the body; crotch
- euphemisticthe reproductive organs
- mainly literarythe womb
- Also called: lumbus anatomy the part of the lower back and sides between the pelvis and the ribsRelated adjective: lumbar
- a cut of meat from this part of an animal
Word Origin and History for loins
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.
- The part of the body on either side of the spinal column between the ribs and the pelvis.
Idioms and Phrases with loins
see gird one's loins.