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[fi-ley, fil-ey; French fee-le]
noun, plural fi·lets [fi-leyz, fil-az; French fee-le] /fɪˈleɪz, ˈfɪl æz; French fiˈlɛ/, verb (used with object)
  1. fillet(defs 1, 10).
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Contemporary Examples of filet

Historical Examples of filet

  • No cover for one, nor filet, nor vin ordinaire, nor waiter had appeared.

    The Underdog

    F. Hopkinson Smith

  • Filet of sole and that nice sauce that Lucy knows I love; how nice.


    Dorothy Whitehill

  • The filet was done to a turn, and there was just enough seasoning on the mushrooms.

    The Story of Glass

    Sara Ware Bassett

  • The filet can also be larded with bacon and cooked in butter and Marsala only.

  • Here was the makings of a "filet de boeuf" fit for Epicurius himself.

    The Greater Love

    George T. McCarthy

British Dictionary definitions for filet


  1. a variant spelling of fillet (def. 1), fillet (def. 2), fillet (def. 3)
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Word Origin for filet

C20: from French: net, from Old Provençal filat, from fil thread, from Latin fīlum
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Word Origin and History for filet


1841 in cookery, reborrowing from French of the same word that had been taken 14c. and anglicized as fillet (q.v.). Filet mignon is attested as a French word in English from 1815.

The 'Chateaubriand,' the 'entrecôte,' and the 'filet mignon' (of mutton), with other forms, are all due to the more enlarged sympathies of the French butcher for what is perfect. We must entirely change the mode of cutting up the carcase before we can arrive at the same perfection in form of meat purchasable, and as that is hopeless, so is it useless to insist further on the subject on behalf of the public. ["The Kitchen and the Cellar," "Quarterly Review," April 1877]
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