[ pawr-ter-hous, pohr- ]
/ ˈpɔr tərˌhaʊs, ˈpoʊr- /

noun, plural por·ter·hous·es [pawr-ter-hou-siz, pohr- for 1; pawr-ter-hou-ziz, pohr- for 2] /ˈpɔr tərˌhaʊ sɪz, ˈpoʊr- for 1; ˈpɔr tərˌhaʊ zɪz, ˈpoʊr- for 2/.

Also called porterhouse steak. a choice cut of beef from between the prime ribs and the sirloin.
Archaic. a house at which porter and other liquors are retailed.

Nearby words

  1. porter, noah,
  2. porter, william sydney,
  3. porterage,
  4. portered,
  5. porteress,
  6. porterville,
  7. portfire,
  8. portfolio,
  9. portfolio employment,
  10. portfolio worker

Origin of porterhouse

First recorded in 1750–60; porter3 + house

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British Dictionary definitions for porter-house steak


/ (ˈpɔːtəˌhaʊs) /


Also called: porterhouse steak a thick choice steak of beef cut from the middle ribs or sirloin
(formerly) a place in which porter, beer, etc, and sometimes chops and steaks, were served

Word Origin for porterhouse

C19 (sense 1): said to be named after a porterhouse or chophouse in New York

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Word Origin and History for porter-house steak



also porter-house, "restaurant or chophouse where porter is served," 1754, from porter (n.3) + house (n.). Porterhouse steak (1841) is said to be from a particular establishment in New York City.

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