- a small metal plate with short legs, especially one put under a hot platter or dish to protect a table.
- a three-footed or three-legged stand or support, especially one of iron placed over a fire to support cooking vessels or the like.
Origin of trivet1
1375–1425; late Middle English trevet, Old English trefet, apparently blend of Old English thrifēte three-footed and Latin triped-, stem of tripēs three-footed (with Vulgar Latin -e- for Latin -i-)
- a special knife for cutting pile loops, as of velvet or carpets.
Origin of trivet2
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Examples from the Web for trivet
Then I'll make him some strong coffee, and he'll be as right as a trivet.The Missionary
Give him a cup of strong tea in a quarter of an hour, and he'll be as right as a trivet.'A Great Man
Toppin's as right as a trivet again, and as warm as a toast.Jack of Both Sides
I'll hot some cocoa for you last thing and leave it on the trivet.The Combined Maze
An old saucepan has been reared up in the corner, and there is a trivet on the hearth.Chats on Household Curios
Fred W. Burgess
- a stand, usually three-legged and metal, on which cooking vessels are placed over a fire
- a short metal stand on which hot dishes are placed on a table
- as right as a trivet old-fashioned in perfect health
Old English trefet (influenced by Old English thrifēte having three feet), from Latin tripēs having three feet
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Word Origin and History for trivet
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