[ fil-it; usually fi-ley for 1, 10 ]
/ ˈfɪl ɪt; usually fɪˈleɪ for 1, 10 /
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- 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 narrow band of ribbon or the like worn around the head, usually as an ornament; headband.
any narrow strip, as wood or metal.
a strip of any material used for binding.
- 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.
a raised rim or ridge, as a ring on the muzzle of a gun.
Metallurgy. a concave strip forming a rounded interior angle in a foundry pattern.
verb (used with object)
- to cut or prepare (meat or fish) as a fillet.
- to cut fillets from.
to bind or adorn with or as if with a fillet.
Machinery. to round off (an interior angle) with a fillet.
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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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How to use fillet in a sentence
That said, if you’re imagining a big fillet of pure meat like you pick up at the store, you’re going to be disappointed.How to Clean, Cook, and Eat Trout in the Backcountry|Ryan Wichelns|October 15, 2020|Outside Online
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|Daniel Gross|November 7, 2012|DAILY BEAST
The four facing the cardinal points of the compass are larger than the intermediate ones, which are filleted.Bell's Cathedrals: The Cathedral Church of Carlisle|C. King Eley
May I tempt you to a little more filleted lemon sole, miss Dubedat?Ulysses|James Joyce
Cooked en casserole, or filleted, or grilled and stuffed with Carlsbad plums, it is delicious.
The Daphnephoria is headed by a boy, both whose parents are alive, and his nearest male relation carries the filleted pole.Archaic England|Harold Bayley
A board is rebated and filleted when two adjoining rebates are filled with a fillet.Handwork in Wood|William Noyes
British Dictionary definitions for fillet
/ (ˈfɪlɪt) /
- 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 strip of any material
a thin strip of ribbon, lace, etc, worn in the hair or around the neck
a narrow flat moulding, esp one between other mouldings
a narrow band between two adjacent flutings on the shaft of a column
Also called: fillet weld a narrow strip of welded metal of approximately triangular cross-section used to join steel members at right angles
heraldry a horizontal division of a shield, one quarter of the depth of the chief
Also called: listel, list the top member of a cornice
anatomy a band of sensory nerve fibres in the brain connected to the thalamusTechnical name: lemniscus
- a narrow decorative line, impressed on the cover of a book
- a wheel tool used to impress such lines
another name for fairing 1
verb -lets, -leting or -leted (tr)
to cut or prepare (meat or fish) as a fillet
to cut fillets from (meat or fish)
anatomy to surgically remove a bone from (part of the body) so that only soft tissue remains
to bind or decorate with or as if with a fillet
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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