[ sur-loin ]
/ ˈsɜr lɔɪn /


the portion of the loin of beef in front of the rump.

Nearby words

  1. siriasis,
  2. sirica,
  3. siricius,
  4. siris,
  5. sirius,
  6. sirocco,
  7. sironize,
  8. siroset,
  9. sirrah,
  10. sirree

Origin of sirloin

1515–25; earlier surloyn < Old French *surloigne, variant of surlonge (French surlonge). See sur-1, loin Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for sirloin


/ (ˈsɜːˌlɔɪn) /


a prime cut of beef from the loin, esp the upper part

Word Origin for sirloin

C16 surloyn, from Old French surlonge, from sur above + longe, from loigne loin

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Word Origin and History for sirloin



early 15c., surloine, from Middle French surlonge, literally "upper part of the loin," from sur "over, above" (see sur-) + longe "loin," from Old French loigne (see loin).

English spelling with sir- dates from 1620s, by folk-etymology supposed to be because the cut of beef was "knighted" by an English king for its superiority, a tale variously told of Henry VIII, James I, and Charles II. The story dates to 1655.

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