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sirloin

[sur-loin]
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noun
  1. the portion of the loin of beef in front of the rump.
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Origin of sirloin

1515–25; earlier surloyn < Old French *surloigne, variant of surlonge (French surlonge). See sur-1, loin
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sirloin

noun
  1. a prime cut of beef from the loin, esp the upper part
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Word Origin

C16 surloyn, from Old French surlonge, from sur above + longe, from loigne loin
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Word Origin and History for sirloin

n.

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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