Definition of loin noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//lɔɪn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//lɔɪn//
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  1. 1 [uncountable, countable] a piece of meat from the back or sides of an animal, near the tail loin of pork See related entries: Meat
  2. 2 loins [plural] (old-fashioned) the part of the body around the hips between the waist and the tops of the legs
  3. 3 loins [plural] (literary) a person’s sex organs
  4. Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French loigne, based on Latin lumbus.Idioms (literary or humorous) to get ready to do something difficult The company is girding its loins for a plunge into the overseas market.
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