- 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 filleted
Contemporary Examples of filleted
Barofsky recalls with evident glee that Warren “just filleted Geithner” at a June 2010 public TARP oversight hearing.Elizabeth the Great: Warren’s Sweet Victory in Massachusetts
November 7, 2012
Historical Examples of filleted
Oh, tin of Brasso; what d'you expect, 'am an' eggs or a filleted sausage.Norman Ten Hundred
A. Stanley Blicq
Let's have filleted steak and a bottle of Bass for dinner to-night.The Grand Babylon Hotel
Joe handed the filleted fish, which he was carrying on a slab of wood, to Tad.The Lost Wagon
James Arthur Kjelgaard
They are venerable looking and are clothed like miners in a filleted garment with a leather apron about their loins.De Re Metallica
Filleted plaice (dressed white); veal cutlets, bacon, and baked tomatoes; cheese fondu.
- 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.