[ too r-ni-doh, too r-ni-doh; French toor-nuh-doh ]
/ ˈtʊər nɪˌdoʊ, ˌtʊər nɪˈdoʊ; French tur nəˈdoʊ /

noun, plural tour·ne·dos [too r-ni-dohz, too r-ni-dohz; French toor-nuh-doh] /ˈtʊər nɪˌdoʊz, ˌtʊər nɪˈdoʊz; French tur nəˈdoʊ/.

small slices of fillet of beef, round and thick, served with a variety of sauces and garnished.

Nearby words

  1. tourmaline,
  2. tournachon, gaspard-félix,
  3. tournai,
  4. tournament,
  5. tournay,
  6. tourneur,
  7. tourneur, cyril,
  8. tourney,
  9. tourniquet,
  10. tournois

Origin of tournedos

1920–25; < French, equivalent to tourne(r) to turn + dos (< Latin dorsum back) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for tournedos


/ (ˈtʊənəˌdəʊ) /

noun plural -dos (-ˌdəʊz)

a thick round steak of beef cut from the fillet or undercut of sirloin

Word Origin for tournedos

from French, from tourner to turn + dos back

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Word Origin and History for tournedos



fillet of steak dish, 1877, from French, from tourner "to turn" (see turn (v.)) + dos "back." According to French etymologists, "so called because the dish is traditionally not placed on the table but is passed behind the backs of the guests" [OED]. But there are other theories.

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