• WordNet 3.6
    • n tenderloin the tender meat of the loin muscle on each side of the vertebral column
    • n tenderloin a city district known for its vice and high crime rate
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Tenderloin A strip of tender flesh on either side of the vertebral column under the short ribs, in the hind quarter of beef and pork. It consists of the psoas muscles.
    • Tenderloin In New York City, the region which is the center of the night life of fashionable amusement, including the majority of the theaters, etc., centering on Broadway. The term orig. designates the old twenty-ninth police precinct, in this region, which afforded the police great opportunities for profit through conniving at vice and lawbreaking, one captain being reported to have said on being transferred there that whereas he had been eating chuck steak he would now eat tenderlion. Hence, in some other cities, a district largely devoted to night amusement, or, sometimes, to vice.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n tenderloin That part of the loin of beef which is tenderer than the rest, in consequence of the softness or fineness of the muscular fiber; the psoas muscle of the ox and some other animals used as meat; the fillet; the undercut. In the tenderloin steak, as usually cut, the bone left in is one lateral half of a lumbar vertebra, of which the long slender bone which separates the tenderloin from the rest of the meat is the transverse process. The tenderloin lies close to the backbone, on the ventral side.
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In literature:

You didn't help with the dahlias, but maybe you will with the young Tenderloiners.
"The Heart's Kingdom" by Maria Thompson Daviess
These are the Nighthawkers of the Tenderloin.
"Horses Nine" by Sewell Ford
The story of Tilly Lorrison and Tricksy came from the Tenderloin not long ago.
"Children of the Tenements" by Jacob A. Riis
When the tenderloin learned that Martin Druce had been released on a bond for thirty thousand dollars, the tenderloin laughed.
"Little Lost Sister" by Virginia Brooks
Wipe off a thick slice cut from tenderloin.
"The Starvation Treatment of Diabetes" by Lewis Webb Hill
Under this we read the legend 'The Czar of the Tenderloin.
"The Panchronicon" by Harold Steele Mackaye
The New York paper devoted two full columns to his perfidious behaviour in the Tenderloin.
"What's-His-Name" by George Barr McCutcheon
I can almost taste that tenderloin!
"The Young Alaskans on the Trail" by Emerson Hough
Is it customary, I ask you, to help to tenderloin with one's fingers?
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 14, No. 86, December, 1864" by Various
After three-quarters of an hour's trudging and splashing I reached "The White City," and turned down a trench called "Tenderloin Street.
"How I Filmed the War" by Lieut. Geoffrey H. Malins
Lay tenderloins over onions, cover closely and cook in the oven until meat is tender.
"Fifty-Two Sunday Dinners" by Elizabeth O. Hiller
The choice bits were from the tongue, the udder came next in merit, followed by the hump-ribs, tenderloins, and marrow bones.
"Bring Me His Ears" by Clarence E. Mulford
They went out to midnight suppers, theatre parties, and expeditions to the tenderloin section (not yet known by that name).
"The "Genius"" by Theodore Dreiser
I'll give him a slice of my mind right in the thickest of the Tenderloin.
"Ancestors" by Gertrude Atherton
As I left the place, I ran into Donovan, of the Tenderloin squad, and put the case to him.
"The Social Gangster" by Arthur B. Reeve
Moreover, the Tenderloin is a glory at night.
"Last Words" by Stephen Crane
Th' Tenderloin ain't in it wid this.
"McAllister and His Double" by Arthur Train
By George, he's sending us griddled tenderloin, roast turkey and stuffed partridges as well.
"In the Van; or, The Builders" by John Price-Brown
The next recipe will be for baked tenderloins.
"A Course of Lectures on the Principles of Domestic Economy and Cookery" by Juliet Corson
A very tender lamb-chop well broiled may be eaten by way of change; but a tenderloin steak is better.
"Miss Leslie's New Cookery Book" by Eliza Leslie

In poetry:

Have the tenderloin broiled nice and juicy—
Have the toast browned and buttered all right;
And be sure you settle the coffee:
Be sure that the silver is bright.
"The Coming Woman" by Mary Weston Fordham

In news:

Pork Tenderloin @ Amelia 's Bar & Grill.
Dustin Atoigue The Restaurant: Hyde Lounge (American Airlines Arena ) The Dish: Kobe Tenderloin.
Chef David Turin's Bacon wrapped Pork Tenderloin.
Sear tenderloin on both sides.
Time traveling in the Tenderloin.
8 - 10 oz tenderloin tail, 1/4 in.
The acid in the buttermilk helpsto tenderize the meat in these Buttermilk -soaked Pork Tenderloin Cutlet Sandwiches.
1 pound pork tenderloin, cut crosswise into 1/2-inch medallions.
Kobe Tenderloin from Hyde Lounge at American Airlines Arena.
Kobe Tenderloin from Hyde Lounge at American Airlines Arena.
Judy Harper of Kennesaw shares a favorite recipe for Marinated Roast Tenderloin.
If you want to use very lean pork in this dish, it is best to buy pork tenderloin and grind it yourself.
Don't Overlook the TRUE Tenderloins.
Scott McKenzie & the Morning Mix recipe of the week: Pork tenderloin.
Hickory-Planked Pork Tenderloin with Rosemary-Dijon Potatoes.