Definition of steak in English:

steak

noun

mass noun
  • 1High-quality beef taken from the hindquarters of the animal, typically cut into thick slices that are cooked by grilling or frying.

    ‘he liked his steak rare’
    ‘a plate of steak and chips’
    ‘half a pound of fillet steak’
    • ‘A green salad livened with blue cheese vinaigrette gets a fan of seared rare steak and colorful peppers.’
    • ‘It's a wonderful recipe of pork, venison, steak, kielbasa sausage and sauerkraut.’
    • ‘A versatile salad, this could be served as an accompaniment to grilled steak, chicken or the creamy fish pie above.’
    • ‘And then went back, almost immediately, for steak and chips at four in the afternoon.’
    • ‘The chefs meanwhile offer up such delights as caviar, oysters and kangaroo steak.’
    • ‘The thick eight-ounce steak was cooked just medium as she had ordered it.’
    • ‘She finally arrives at my table with the bottle some minutes after my steak has arrived.’
    • ‘It provides a lean and tender steak that can be grilled, pan-fried or oven-cooked.’
    • ‘The first time I cooked steak I didn't know when to stop and it turned out like a piece of black leather.’
    • ‘The first thing I did when I got back home to Glasgow was to cook myself a huge plate of steak and chips.’
    • ‘There were also some quite spectacular pieces of dark red meat on show, available either in the form of a fat slab of steak or in choice little cuts delivered on a slice of crusty bread.’
    • ‘Your steak was part of an animal that was mooing not long ago!’
    • ‘Mark had ham ravioli, which I found floury, and then a great big boring piece of steak with pepper sauce.’
    • ‘His mother's mother and her husband came over for dinner this evening, and we had salad, steak, and vegetable on the patio.’
    • ‘Prince Edward who gave the cook a night off and tried to make steak for dinner but burnt his hands in the process.’
    • ‘For mains we ordered the rib-eye steak, the pork tenderloin and the fish of the day.’
    • ‘For mains there is a choice of three - rib eye steak, pork tenderloin or fish of the day.’
    • ‘I picked listlessly at my Black Angus steak, not quite al dente fettuccine, and sighed.’
    • ‘A batter less precisely defined turns a simple tube steak into summer's ubiquitous corn dog.’
    • ‘Traditional pub favourites dominate the menu, including steak, scampi and lasagne, with a two meals for £5.99 offer.’
    1. 1.1count noun A thick slice of steak or other high-quality meat or fish.
      ‘a fillet steak’
      ‘a salmon steak’
      • ‘What is it about blokes and meat? steaks, burgers, chops are the way to a man's heart’
      • ‘Not eating stacks of spare ribs and steaks, but a balanced diet of meat, fish and vegetables is healthier.’
      • ‘It would be very sad if all French cooks could manage was pizzas, steaks and burgers.’
      • ‘They now make and sell their own sausages, steaks and burgers instead of getting someone else to do it.’
      • ‘We had opted to do grilled salmon steaks, accompanied by a salad and some tiny new potatoes I'd discovered in a larder.’
      • ‘The French system of dissecting out muscles from a carcass yields other pieces of lean tender meat suitable for steaks.’
      • ‘Thickly slice the steaks and serve spiced-side up, with a drizzle of red wine sauce.’
      • ‘Eat strong cheese for protein I suppose, and salmon steaks with organic frozen peas because they are easy and tasty.’
      • ‘Thick, succulent tuna steaks are first marinated in a simple dressing, and then barbecued until just cooked.’
      • ‘Among the meals on offer are chicken pasta, spaghetti bolognaise, tuna pizza and roast pork loin steaks.’
      • ‘Suddenly we were experiencing great big steaks that were literally sizzling in front of you.’
      • ‘The pub now has two restaurants serving anything from sausages to shark steaks.’
      • ‘Season the steaks with black pepper and a little oil and set them aside while you heat a grill or griddle pan.’
      • ‘Roll out the pastry and cut four oblong pieces large enough to enclose the steaks.’
      • ‘Throughout the country, French fries are eaten with steaks or minced raw meat.’
      • ‘Lay two breaded steaks at a time into oil and cook on each side until golden brown.’
      • ‘She cooked steaks and burgers in such a way that they almost mooed when prodded with a fork.’
      • ‘Lay the steaks in a shallow dish and sprinkle with a teaspoon of paprika and the pink peppercorns.’
      • ‘Dry the swordfish steaks with a paper towel, then sprinkle on a little salt and a bunch of pepper.’
    2. 1.2Poorer-quality beef that is cubed or minced and cooked by braising or stewing.
      ‘braising steak’
      as modifier ‘steak and kidney pie’
      • ‘By choosing cuts for slow cooking, such as braising steak, you can buy organic beef for as little as £8.29 per kilo.’
      • ‘The hours he worked each day to scrape the money for the health insurance, was it all going into video players and braised steak for dinner?’
      • ‘Neither words nor time are wasted as pannikins of tea are drunk and braised steak is eaten.’
      • ‘Simply done British food such as cottage pie, steak and kidney pie, corned beef hash, sausage, egg, chips and tomatoes and caviar.’
      • ‘That means £14 gets me everything I need for a week: chicken, mince, stewing steak.’
      • ‘In the evening, though, I enjoy cooking our main meal, usually French dishes, with the occasional steak and kidney pie, curry or paella.’
      • ‘After all, why shouldn't the nation that brought us cordon bleu go wild for Welsh rarebit, steak and kidney pudding or a well-boiled egg?’
      • ‘I bought Marmite and lemon curd, cream crackers and gentleman's relish, steak and kidney pies and Worcestershire sauce.’
      • ‘My daughters prefer other foods to shepherd's pie, steak and kidney pudding or vegetable stew.’
      • ‘The menu reflects the western theme, leaning toward steaks and ribs - no steak and kidney pie or bangers and mash here.’
      • ‘Nights out with soup and steak pie, a fair amount of illicit alcohol and a night's dancing for 13 pence a head.’
      • ‘Huge tea: soup, steak pie, potatoes, apple crumble and custard, washed down with a bottle of black sheep ale.’
      • ‘This left one alternative to choose from, steak and kidney pie.’
      • ‘The steak and kidney pie was another solid item with lots of English gravy and considered to be good value.’
      • ‘The first dribble down the chin of scalding gravy from the Parkhead steak pie.’
      • ‘We began with soup, chicken for Madame and steak and kidney for me.’
      • ‘Tea was moving on apace, from steak pie to pudding.’
      • ‘A belly full of steak pie had dulled my senses so my score wasn't as impressive as Darrens.’
      • ‘Do you know where to lay your teeth on the finest steak pie in the whole of Yorkshire pubdom?’
      • ‘Among the English classics will be steak and kidney pudding, lamb chump chops, topside of beef, bangers and mash, and fish, chips and peas.’

Origin

Middle English from Old Norse steik; related to steikja ‘roast on a spit’ and stikna ‘be roasted’.

Pronunciation

steak

/steɪk/