fillet

[ fil-it; usually fi-ley for 1, 10 ]
/ ˈfɪl ɪt; usually fɪˈleɪ for 1, 10 /

noun

verb (used with object)

Also filet (for defs 1, 10).

Origin of fillet

1300–50; Middle English filet < Anglo-French, Middle French, equivalent to fil thread + -et -et
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British Dictionary definitions for fillet

fillet

/ (ˈfɪlɪt) /

noun

verb -lets, -leting or -leted (tr)

Also (for senses 1–3): filet

Word Origin for fillet

C14: from Old French filet, from fil thread, from Latin fīlum
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Word Origin and History for fillet

fillet


n.

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.

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Medicine definitions for fillet

fillet

[ fĭlĭt ]

n.

A loop of cord or tape used for making traction on a part of the fetus.
A loop-shaped band of fibers, especially the lemniscus.
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