[pawr-ter-hous, pohr-]
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/.
  1. Also called porterhouse steak. a choice cut of beef from between the prime ribs and the sirloin.
  2. Archaic. a house at which porter and other liquors are retailed.

Origin of porterhouse

First recorded in 1750–60; porter3 + house
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Historical Examples of porterhouse

  • I cooked it in as neat as you please in your half the porterhouse.

  • It says stake; I dont know whether its a porterhouse or a sirloin.

    Roy Blakeley's Motor Caravan

    Percy Keese Fitzhugh

  • From it come the fillet or tenderloin, the sirloin, and the porterhouse steaks.

  • He reminded the parlor that there had been Porterhouse the last time.


    Henry Sydnor Harrison

  • Remember the last time she was here—the time we had the Porterhouse?


    Henry Sydnor Harrison

British Dictionary definitions for porterhouse


  1. Also called: porterhouse steak a thick choice steak of beef cut from the middle ribs or sirloin
  2. (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 porterhouse

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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