I. noun also filet Etymology: Middle English filet, from Anglo-French, diminutive of fil thread, from Latin filum — more at file Date: 14th century 1. a ribbon or narrow strip of material used especially as a headband 2. a. a thin narrow strip of material b. a piece or slice of boneless meat or fish; especially the tenderloin of beef 3. a. a concave junction formed where two surfaces meet (as at an angle) b. a strip that gives a rounded appearance to such a junction; also a strip to reinforce the corner where two surfaces meet 4. a narrow flat architectural member: a. a flat molding separating others b. the space between two flutings in a shaft II. transitive verb Date: 1604 1. to bind, furnish, or adorn with or as if with a fillet 2. to cut into fillets

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  • Fillet — Fil let, n. [OE. filet, felet, fr. OF. filet thread, fillet of meat, dim. of fil a thread, fr. L. filum. See {Fille} a row.] 1. A little band, especially one intended to encircle the hair of the head. [1913 Webster] A belt her waist, a fillet… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Fillet — Fil let, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Filleted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Filleting}.] To bind, furnish, or adorn with a fillet. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • fillet — early 14c., headband, from O.Fr. filet (12c.) thread, filament; strip, ligament, dim. of fil thread (see FILE (Cf. file) (v.)). Sense of cut of meat or fish is from late 14c., apparently so called because it was prepared by being tied up with a… …   Etymology dictionary

  • fillet — n *strip, band, ribbon, stripe …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • fillet — ► NOUN 1) a fleshy boneless piece of meat from near the loins or the ribs of an animal. 2) a boned side of a fish. 3) a band or ribbon binding the hair. 4) Architecture a narrow flat band separating two mouldings. ► VERB (filleted, filleting) …   English terms dictionary

  • fillet — [fil′it; ] for n. 6 & vt. 2, usually [ fi lā′, fil′ā΄] n. [ME filet < OFr, dim. of fil: see FILE1] 1. a narrow band worn around the head as to hold the hair in place 2. a thin strip or band 3. FAIRING1 …   English World dictionary

  • fillet — [[t]fɪ̱lɪt, AM fɪle͟ɪ[/t]] fillets, filleting, filleted 1) N VAR: usu with supp, also N n Fillet is a strip of meat, especially beef, that has no bones in it. ...fillet of beef with shallots. ...chicken breast fillets. ...fillet steak. 2) N COUNT …   English dictionary

  • fillet — I UK [ˈfɪlɪt] / US [fɪˈleɪ] noun Word forms fillet : singular fillet plural fillets 1) [countable] a single side of the body of a fish, with the bones removed a salmon fillet 2) [countable/uncountable] a long thin piece of meat with no bones in… …   English dictionary

  • Fillet — Filet or Fillet may refer to:*Fillet (mechanics), in mechanical engineering, a concave easing of an interior corner of a part used to reduce stress concentration (pronounced “fill it”) *Annulet (architecture), in architecture, small annulets… …   Wikipedia

  • fillet — /fil it/; usually /fi lay / for 1, 10, n. 1. Cookery. a. a boneless cut or slice of meat or fish, esp. the beef tenderloin. b. a piece of veal or other meat boned, rolled, and tied for roasting. 2. a narrow band of ribbon or the like worn around… …   Universalium

  • fillet — {{Roman}}I.{{/Roman}} (AmE also filet) noun ADJECTIVE ▪ fish ▪ anchovy, cod, haddock, salmon, etc. ▪ beef …   Collocations dictionary

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