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  1. a slice of meat or fish, especially beef, cooked by broiling, frying, etc.
  2. chopped meat prepared in the same manner as a steak.
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Origin of steak

1400–50; late Middle English steike < Old Norse steik meat roasted on a stick
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  1. See beefsteak
  2. any of various cuts of beef of varying quality, used for braising, stewing, etc
  3. a thick slice of pork, veal, etc, or of a large fish, esp cod or salmon
  4. minced meat prepared in the same way as steakhamburger steak
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Word Origin

C15: from Old Norse steik roast; related to steikja to roast on a spit; see stick 1
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Word Origin and History for steak


mid-15c., "thick slice of meat cut for roasting," probably from Old Norse steik "roast meat," cognate with steikja "to roast on a spit," and ultimately "something stuck" (on a spit); related to stick (v.).

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