[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) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of filet

  • After all, if the insurer is paying all your grocery claims, why not load up on filet mignon instead of ground turkey?

  • A day long (or multiday) sous vide cook can turn cheap cuts of meat as tender and tasty as filet.

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    A Declaration of Financial Independence

    Megan McArdle

    February 26, 2013

  • Carefully place the egg yolk into the pocket that has been created in the filet and seal with a wooden skewer.

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    Fresh Picks

    Markus Glocker

    July 6, 2010

  • Filet Mignon and Shrimp Fondue by Lou Seibert Pappas This is a classic Christmas Eve dinner fondue.

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    The Perfect Fondue

    March 2, 2010

  • Skip the sirloin or prime rib; instead, order the filet and a baked potato with sour cream and chives.

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    Gal With a Suitcase

    Jolie Hunt

    December 5, 2009

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



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]
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper