An example of a loin is a person's hips and lower abdomen.
- [usually pl.] 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
- [pl.] 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.
- loins a. 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 *landwÄ¯Ì„, *landwijÅ (“waist, loins"), from Proto-Indo-European *lendhw- (“kidney, waist"). Cognate with Old English lendenu, Dutch lende, German Lende, Swedish lÃ¤nd (“haunch, loin"), Proto-Slavic *lÄ™dvÑŒja (Russian Ð»ÑÐ´Ð²ÐµÑ (ljadveja)). See also lende.