From Middle English loyne, from Old French loigne, from Latin lumbus, ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *lendʰ- (“kidney, waist”). Cognate with Old English lendenu, Dutch lende, German Lende, Swedish länd (“haunch, loin”), Proto-Slavic *lędvьja (Russian ля́двея (ljádveja)). See also lend.
loin (plural loins)
- The part of the body (of humans and quadrupeds) at each side of the backbone, between the ribs and hips
- Any of several cuts of meat taken from this part of an animal
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- Loin is typically construed with de (“of, from”). Indeed, loin de may be thought of as a single compound preposition; for example, one says loin duquel (“far from which”), not *dont […] loin (“from which […] far”).
- “loin” in le Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).