a choice cut of meat, esp. of beef, from the loin end just in front of the rump
Origin of sirloinEarly Modern English surloyn from Middle French surlonge from Old French sur, over (see sur-) + loigne, loin
A cut of meat, especially of beef, from the upper part of the loin just in front of the round.
Origin of sirloinMiddle English surloine from Old French surlonge, *surloigne sur above ( from Latin super ; see uper in Indo-European roots.) longe, loigne loin ; see loin .
(countable and uncountable, plural sirloins)
- (US) A cut of beef from the lower part of the back, where the last ribs are (called rump in UK English).
- (UK) A cut of beef from the middle of the back (corresponding to short loin and partly rib in US English).