- a boneless cut or slice of meat or fish, especially the beef tenderloin.
- a piece of veal or other meat boned, rolled, and tied for roasting.
- a decorative line impressed on a book cover, usually at the top and bottom of the back.
- a rolling tool for impressing such lines.
- Also called list.a narrow flat molding or area, raised or sunk between larger moldings or areas.
- a narrow portion of the surface of a column left between adjoining flutes.
verb (used with object)
- to cut or prepare (meat or fish) as a fillet.
- to cut fillets from.
Origin of fillet
Related Words for filletfish, slice, meat, ridge, garland, molding, wreath, crown, band, tape, ribbon, strip, chaplet, snood, headband, bandeau, listel
Examples from the Web for fillet
Contemporary Examples of fillet
She said that "the most expensive piece of meat in a local butcher [in France] is a fillet of horse meat."Princess Anne Says We Should Eat Horses!
November 14, 2013
Historical Examples of fillet
If the leafwork on the helm were tossed up backward, it would hide the fillet.Albert Durer
T. Sturge Moore
We'll have peas with the fillet, and potato balls and Brussels sprouts.Alice Adams
Fillet a sole and interlard each piece with a bit of anchovy.The Cook's Decameron: A Study in Taste:
Mrs. W. G. Waters
I would at any time prefer a slice off the fillet of a buffalo to any pheasant.The History of Louisiana
Le Page Du Pratz
He remained all day on the sea-shore, his head only held on to his body by a fillet.The Phantom World
- Also called: fillet steaka strip of boneless meat, esp the undercut of a sirloin of beef
- the boned side of a fish
- the white meat of breast and wing of a chicken
- a narrow decorative line, impressed on the cover of a book
- a wheel tool used to impress such lines
verb -lets, -leting or -leted (tr)
Word Origin for fillet
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.