Meaning of aitchbone in English:


Pronunciation /ˈeɪtʃbəʊn/


  • 1The buttock or rump bone of cattle.

    ‘It also contains aitchbone and a fat covering on the outer muscle.’
    • ‘The bone at the sirloin end - the aitchbone - can be removed by the butcher, which makes carving the complicated lamb leg much easier.’
    • ‘Cut along a line following the line of the aitchbone and through the ball and socket. Remove the aitchbone.’
    • ‘The aitchbone may be cut in a fully automatic operation performed when the carcass is suspended on overhead rails.’
    1. 1.1A cut of beef lying over the aitchbone.
      ‘Terrine of aitchbone and vegetables at a selection of season salads and filled horseradish crêpe’
      • ‘Organic Beef Aitchbone Joint.’
      • ‘He also promised that he would get an aitchbone of beef for all the family weddings.’
      • ‘I find aitchbone or topside good enough.’
      • ‘To slice, cut parallel to the aitchbone on a diagonal.’
      • ‘Technical service supervisors pull 10 samples from the conveyor hourly and measure them on each side for length of shoulder scribe, rib scribe, neck bone and aitchbone.’
      • ‘The aitchbone forms part of the silverside and contains the tail-bone.’


Late 15th century, from dialect nache ‘rump’, from Old French, based on Latin natis ‘buttock(s)’, + bone. The initial n in a nache bone was lost by wrong division; compare with adder.