- The definition of loin is the part of the body between the ribs and hips, or the front part of the hindquarters of animals.
An example of a loin is a person's hips and lower abdomen.
- the lower part of the back on either side of the backbone between the hipbones and the ribs
- the front part of the hindquarters of beef, lamb, mutton, veal, etc. with the flank removed
- the hips and the lower abdomen regarded as a part of the body to be clothed or as the region of strength and procreative power
Origin of loinMiddle English loine ; from Old French loigne ; from Vulgar Latin an unverified form lumbea ; from Classical Latin lumbus: see lumbar
gird (up) one's loins
- The part of the body of a human or quadruped on either side of the backbone and between the ribs and hips.
- One of several cuts of meat, such as tenderloin, taken from this part of an animal's body, typically including the vertebrae of the segment from which it is taken.
- loinsa. The region of the hips, groin, and lower abdomen.b. The reproductive organs.
Origin of loinMiddle English loine, from Old French loigne, from Vulgar Latin *lumbea (carō), loin (meat), feminine of *lumbeus, of the loin, from Latin lumbus, loin.
The plural loins is used for a wider body region, or specifically as a euphemism for the pubic region
From Middle English loyne, from Old French loigne, assumedly from Late Latin root *lumbea, from Latin lumbus (“loin”), from Proto-Germanic *landwį̄, *landwijō (“waist, loins”), from Proto-Indo-European *lendhw- (“kidney, waist”). Cognate with Old English lendenu, Dutch lende, German Lende, Swedish länd (“haunch, loin”), Proto-Slavic *lędvьja (Russian лядвея (ljadveja)). See also lende.