trivet

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[ triv-it ]
/ ˈtrɪv ɪt /
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noun

a small metal plate with short legs, especially one put under a hot platter or dish to protect a table.
a three-footed or three-legged stand or support, especially one of iron placed over a fire to support cooking vessels or the like.

Origin of trivet

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1375–1425; late Middle English trevet, Old English trefet, apparently blend of Old English thrifēte three-footed and Latin triped-, stem of tripēs three-footed (with Vulgar Latin -e- for Latin -i-)

Definition for trivet (2 of 2)

trivet

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or triv·ette

[ triv-it ]
/ ˈtrɪv ɪt /

noun

a special knife for cutting pile loops, as of velvet or carpets.

Origin of trivet

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origin uncertain
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British Dictionary definitions for trivet

trivet

/ (ˈtrɪvɪt) /

noun

a stand, usually three-legged and metal, on which cooking vessels are placed over a fire
a short metal stand on which hot dishes are placed on a table
as right as a trivet old-fashioned in perfect health

Word Origin for trivet

Old English trefet (influenced by Old English thrifēte having three feet), from Latin tripēs having three feet
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Word Origin and History for trivet

trivet


n.

three-legged iron stand, 12c., trefet, probably from Latin tripedem (nominative tripes) "three-footed," from tri- "three" (see three) + pes "foot" (see foot (n.)).

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