- 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
Examples from the Web for fillet
She said that "the most expensive piece of meat in a local butcher [in France] is a fillet of horse meat."
He was got up in Bedou style; his hair, fluffy and long, was tied back by a fillet and stuck out in a bush behind.Southern Arabia|Theodore Bent
But well cooked, it is very nice as roasted loin, fillet, or fried cutlets.Miss Leslie's New Cookery Book|Eliza Leslie
On their feet they wore high-laced sandals; their hair was bound with a fillet.Early Israel and the Surrounding Nations|Archibald Sayce
British Dictionary definitions for fillet
- Also called: fillet steak a 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
Word Origin and History 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.