n. (usu. loins)
the part of the body on both sides of the spine between the lowest (false) ribs and the hipbones.
∎ (loins) chiefly poetic/lit.
the region of the sexual organs, esp. when regarded as the source of erotic or procreative power:
he felt a stirring in his loins at the thought.
a large cut of meat that includes the vertebrae of the loins:
loin of pork with potatoes.
(up) one's loinssee gird1 .
ORIGIN: Middle English: from Old French loigne, based on Latin lumbus.
, Boulogne, coign, coin, conjoin, Des Moines
, Dordogne, enjoin, groin, groyne, join, loin, purloin, quoin, subjoin
•Burgoyne • Gascogne • tenderloin
•sirloin • talapoin
part of the body between short ribs and hip-bone. XIV. — OF. loigne
, eastern var. of longe
(in modF. loin of veal) :- Rom. *lumbia
, fem. of *lumbeus
, f. lumbus
loin; rel. to OE. lendenu
pl. loins, OS. lendin
, OHG. pl. lentīn
), ON. lend
The back portion of animals; see pork
loin (loin) n.
the region of the back and side of the body between the lowest rib and the pelvis.