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

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-)



or triv·ette



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

Origin of trivet

origin uncertain Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for trivet

Historical Examples of trivet

  • Then I'll make him some strong coffee, and he'll be as right as a trivet.

    The Missionary

    George Griffith

  • Give him a cup of strong tea in a quarter of an hour, and he'll be as right as a trivet.'

    A Great Man

    Arnold Bennett

  • Toppin's as right as a trivet again, and as warm as a toast.

    Jack of Both Sides

    Florence Coombe

  • I'll hot some cocoa for you last thing and leave it on the trivet.

    The Combined Maze

    May Sinclair

  • An old saucepan has been reared up in the corner, and there is a trivet on the hearth.

British Dictionary definitions for trivet



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

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper