or fil·is·ter

[ fil-uh-ster ]
/ ˈfɪl ə stər /

noun Carpentry.

a rabbet or groove, as one on a window sash to hold the glass and putty.
Also called fillister plane. a plane for cutting rabbets or grooves.

Origin of fillister

First recorded in 1810–20; origin uncertain Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for fillister


filister or fillester

/ (ˈfɪlɪstə) /


Also called: fillister plane an adjustable plane for cutting rabbets, grooves, etc
Also called: sash fillister a rabbet or groove, esp one in a window sash bar for a pane of glass

Word Origin for fillister

C19: of unknown origin
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