noun Etymology: Middle English trevet, from Old English trefet, probably modification of Late Latin triped-, tripes, from Latin, three-footed, from tri- + ped-, pes foot — more at foot Date: before 12th century 1. a three-legged stand ; tripod 2. a usually metal stand with short feet for use under a hot dish

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  • Trivet — Triv et, n. [Probably through French fr. L. tripes, edis, three footed; tri (see {Tri })+ pes, pedis, foot: cf. F. tr[ e]pied. See {Foot}, and cf. {Tripod}.] 1. A tree legged stool, table, or other support; especially, a stand to hold a kettle or …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • trivet — three legged iron stand, 12c., trefet, probably from L. tripedem (nom. tripes) three footed, from tri three + pes foot (see FOOT (Cf. foot)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • trivet — ► NOUN 1) an iron tripod placed over a fire for a cooking pot or kettle to stand on. 2) a metal stand on which hot dishes are placed. ORIGIN apparently from Latin tripes three legged …   English terms dictionary

  • trivet — [triv′it] n. [ME trevet < OE trefet < L tripes (gen. tripedis), tripod, three footed < tri , three + pes, FOOT] 1. a three legged stand for holding pots, kettles, etc. over or near a fire 2. a short legged stand on which to set a hot… …   English World dictionary

  • Trivet — A trivet (pronEng|ˈtrɪvɨt), also known as a hot plate, is an object placed between a serving dish or bowl, and a dining table, usually to protect the table from heat damage.Trivet also refers to tripods used to elevate pots from the coals of an… …   Wikipedia

  • trivet — trivet1 /triv it/, n. 1. a small metal plate with short legs, esp. one put under a hot platter or dish to protect a table. 2. a three footed or three legged stand or support, esp. one of iron placed over a fire to support cooking vessels or the… …   Universalium

  • trivet — UK [ˈtrɪvɪt] / US noun [countable] Word forms trivet : singular trivet plural trivets 1) a metal object like a plate with short legs that you put under a hot pan to prevent it from damaging the surface of a table 2) an object used for holding a… …   English dictionary

  • trivet — n. 1 an iron tripod or bracket for a cooking pot or kettle to stand on. 2 an iron bracket designed to hook on to bars of a grate for a similar purpose. Phrases and idioms: as right as a trivet colloq. in a perfectly good state, esp. healthy.… …   Useful english dictionary

  • trivet — noun /ˈtrɪvɪt/ a) a stand with three short legs, especially for cooking over a fire , 1994: , They collected wood and built back the fire and they fetched rocks to make a trivet and there they set the bucket to boil. b) a stand, sometimes with… …   Wiktionary

  • Trivet — 1) Iron tripod arrangement for holding a kettle or cooking pot over a fire. Cf. Trivium 2) Her. A charge showing a tripod or a stand with three feet. Cf. Trivet …   Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases

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