AskDefine | Define sirloin

Dictionary Definition

sirloin n : the portion of the loin (especially of beef) just in front of the rump

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  1. A cut of beef from the lower part of the ribs


Extensive Definition

thumb|right|Sirloin steak, served with garlic butter and french fries(chips)The sirloin steak is beef steak cut from the lower portion of the ribs, continuing off the tenderloin from which filet mignon is cut. Of the steaks typically considered to be premium steaks, the sirloin is the cheapest, because the muscles still do quite a bit of work.
The sirloin is actually divided into several types of steak. The top sirloin is the most prized of these. The bottom sirloin is less tender, much larger, and is typically what is offered when one just buys sirloin steaks instead of steaks specifically marked top sirloin. The bottom sirloin in turn connects to the sirloin tip roast, which is generally considered to be a good, if somewhat tough, roast.


According to legend, the name sirloin comes variously from a British monarch, possibly Henry VIII, James I or Elizabeth I who dubbed it "Sir Loin" While versions of this story are often cited as fact, it is more likely that the word actually comes from the French surloynge, meaning above the loin.
sirloin in Czech: Svíčková
sirloin in German: Sirloin-Steak
sirloin in Spanish: Solomillo
sirloin in Indonesian: Has luar (sapi)
sirloin in Italian: Lombo
sirloin in Malay (macrolanguage): Daging batang pinang
sirloin in Polish: polędwica

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

Chateaubriand, blade roast, breast, brisket, chuck, chuck roast, clod, cold cuts, filet mignon, flank, knuckle, loin, plate, plate piece, pot roast, rack, rib roast, ribs, roast, rolled roast, round, rump, rump roast, saddle, shank, short ribs, shoulder, shoulder clod, tenderloin
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