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[fil-it; usually fi-ley for 1, 10] /ˈfɪl ɪt; usually fɪˈleɪ for 1, 10/
  1. a boneless cut or slice of meat or fish, especially the beef tenderloin.
  2. a piece of veal or other meat boned, rolled, and tied for roasting.
a narrow band of ribbon or the like worn around the head, usually as an ornament; headband.
any narrow strip, as wood or metal.
a strip of any material used for binding.
  1. a decorative line impressed on a book cover, usually at the top and bottom of the back.
  2. a rolling tool for impressing such lines.
  1. Also called list. a narrow flat molding or area, raised or sunk between larger moldings or areas.
  2. a narrow portion of the surface of a column left between adjoining flutes.
Anatomy. lemniscus.
a raised rim or ridge, as a ring on the muzzle of a gun.
Metallurgy. a concave strip forming a rounded interior angle in a foundry pattern.
verb (used with object)
  1. to cut or prepare (meat or fish) as a fillet.
  2. to cut fillets from.
to bind or adorn with or as if with a fillet.
Machinery. to round off (an interior angle) with a fillet.
Also, filet (for defs 1, 10).
Origin of fillet
1300-50; Middle English filet < Anglo-French, Middle French, equivalent to fil thread + -et -et Unabridged
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  • The Daphnephoria is headed by a boy, both whose parents are alive, and his nearest male relation carries the filleted pole.

    Archaic England Harold Bayley
  • Oh, tin of Brasso; what d'you expect, 'am an' eggs or a filleted sausage.

    Norman Ten Hundred A. Stanley Blicq
  • Cooked en casserole, or filleted, or grilled and stuffed with Carlsbad plums, it is delicious.

  • Let's have filleted steak and a bottle of Bass for dinner to-night.

    The Grand Babylon Hotel Arnold Bennett
  • The Psammead was put into a flat bass-bag that had come from Farringdon Market with two pounds of filleted plaice in it.

  • They are venerable looking and are clothed like miners in a filleted garment with a leather apron about their loins.

    De Re Metallica Georgius Agricola
  • He is thinking the filleted sole very good indeed, and is lost to all other ideas.

    Portia Duchess
  • filleted plaice (dressed white); veal cutlets, bacon, and baked tomatoes; cheese fondu.

  • I once took part in a Greek tableau, and wore sandals and filleted hair.

    Twos and Threes G. B. Stern
British Dictionary definitions for filleted


  1. Also called fillet steak. a strip of boneless meat, esp the undercut of a sirloin of beef
  2. the boned side of a fish
  3. the white meat of breast and wing of a chicken
a narrow strip of any material
a thin strip of ribbon, lace, etc, worn in the hair or around the neck
a narrow flat moulding, esp one between other mouldings
a narrow band between two adjacent flutings on the shaft of a column
Also called fillet weld. a narrow strip of welded metal of approximately triangular cross-section used to join steel members at right angles
(heraldry) a horizontal division of a shield, one quarter of the depth of the chief
Also called listel, list. the top member of a cornice
(anatomy) a band of sensory nerve fibres in the brain connected to the thalamus Technical name lemniscus
  1. a narrow decorative line, impressed on the cover of a book
  2. a wheel tool used to impress such lines
another name for fairing1
verb (transitive) -lets, -leting, -leted
to cut or prepare (meat or fish) as a fillet
to cut fillets from (meat or fish)
(anatomy) to surgically remove a bone from (part of the body) so that only soft tissue remains
to bind or decorate with or as if with a fillet
Also (for senses 1–3) filet
Word Origin
C14: from Old French filet, from fil thread, from Latin fīlum
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for filleted



early 14c., "headband," from Old French filet (12c.) "thread, filament; strip, ligament," diminutive of fil "thread" (see file (v.)). Sense of "cut of meat or fish" is from late 14c., apparently so called because it was prepared by being tied up with a string. As a verb, from c.1600, "to bind with a narrow band;" meaning "to cut in fillets" is from 1846. Related: Filleted; filleting.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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filleted in Medicine

fillet fil·let (fĭl'ĭt)

  1. A loop of cord or tape used for making traction on a part of the fetus.

  2. A loop-shaped band of fibers, especially the lemniscus.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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