AskDefine | Define loins

Dictionary Definition



1 the lower part of the abdomen just above the external genital organs [syn: pubes, pubic region]
2 the region of the hips and groin and lower abdomen

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. Plural of loin
  2. The lower abdomen, groin and genitalia.


  • Dutch: lies, schaamstreek

Extensive Definition

The loins are between the lower ribs and pelvis. It is often used when describing the anatomy of humans and quadrupeds (such as horses, pigs or cattle). The anatomical reference also carries over into the description of cuts of meat from some such animals, eg. tenderloin or sirloin steak.
The term also loosely refers to human genitals due to their prominence in that anatomical region. Hence "fruit of one's loins" means children.

See also

loins in German: Lenden
loins in Japanese: ロース
loins in Dutch: Lende
loins in Turkish: Bel
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