fillet

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 string. As a verb, from c.1600, "to bind with a narrow band;" meaning "to cut in fillets" is from 1846. Related: Filleted; filleting.

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

  • Fillet — A band of some material used as a head decoration, also a strip of ribbon …   Dictionary of the English textile terms

  • 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

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