[ 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 piece of beef with a conspicuous T-shaped bone, cut from the short loin and similar to a T-bone steak but with a larger portion of tenderloin.

  2. Archaic. a house at which porter and other liquors are retailed.

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Origin of porterhouse

porter3 + house; the archaic sense (def. 2) was first recorded in 1725–35, and the current sense (def. 1) in 1850–55

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British Dictionary definitions for porterhouse


/ (ˈpɔːtəˌhaʊs) /

  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

Origin of porterhouse

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

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