fillet

noun
fil·​let | \ ˈfi-lət How to pronounce fillet (audio) , in sense 2b also fi-ˈlā, ˈfi-(ˌ)lā How to pronounce fillet (audio) \
variants: or less commonly filet \ fi-​ˈlā How to pronounce fillet (audio) , ˈfi-​(ˌ)lā \

Definition of fillet

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a ribbon or narrow strip of material used especially as a headband
2a : a thin narrow strip of material
b : a piece or slice of boneless meat or fish especially : the tenderloin of beef
3a : 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 (see flute entry 1 sense 3) in a shaft

fillet

verb
fil·​let | \ ˈfi-lət How to pronounce fillet (audio) , in sense 2 also fi-ˈlā, ˈfi-(ˌ)lā \
filleted; filleting; fillets

Definition of fillet (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to bind, furnish, or adorn with or as if with a fillet
2 : to cut into fillets

Examples of fillet in a Sentence

Noun a juicy fillet of beef Verb He carefully filleted the fish with a sharp knife.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Wendy's Jalapeño Popper Chicken Sandwich includes the chain's spicy chicken fillet with creamy jalapeno cream cheese and six slices of jalapenos. Kelly Tyko, USA TODAY, "Wendy's announces Jalapeno Popper Chicken Sandwich, trolls McDonald's new chicken sandwiches," 18 Feb. 2021 That giant fillet comes topped with a mild queso sauce and pickled jalapeños and cucumbers. Chuck Blount, San Antonio Express-News, "Great Nashville hot chicken at San Antonio food truck Pete's Chicken Shack," 5 Feb. 2021 There should be an inch or so of wood all the way around the fillet. Chuck Blount, ExpressNews.com, "Chuck’s Food Shack: How to grill your fish with cedar planks," 12 Oct. 2020 The company flies in as many as 800 seasonal workers to clean, fillet, package, freeze and can fish at its Alaska plants. Paula Dobbyn, Anchorage Daily News, "Rat-infested dorms, contaminated drinking water and wage theft: lawsuit alleges nightmare conditions at Alaska seafood processing plants," 20 Nov. 2020 Add tilapia and saute 3 minutes for a 1/2-inch fillet. Linda Gassenheimer, chicagotribune.com, "Quick Fix: Sweet and Sour Glazed Tilapia with Basmati Rice," 8 Dec. 2020 Researchers are studying the biology of these fillet bones to see whether they might one day be removed through breeding or genetic engineering. Erik Stokstad, Science | AAAS, "New genetic tools will deliver improved farmed fish, oysters, and shrimp. Here’s what to expect," 19 Nov. 2020 Serve by ladling sauce onto the plate, placing fillet atop; garnish with tarragon leaves. Nicole Sours Larson, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Lobster season debuts amid changing seafood industry," 28 Oct. 2020 Fishmongers at Harris Teeter, Whole Foods and other stores will debone, descale and fillet fish. Washington Post, "How to get the most out of your supermarket butcher and fishmonger," 6 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Simply fillet the meat off the thighbone and cut away the knuckle that’s attached to the meat. Alex Robinson, Outdoor Life, "How to Butcher and Cook Wild Turkey Thighs and Drumsticks," 6 May 2020 Instead of filleting and moving on, take the time to explain each part and its function. Popular Science, "Eleven outdoor skills to teach your kids—or yourself," 1 Apr. 2020 But for those specifically seeking out fried fish: St. Paul fries a raft of it, including cod in crunchy Schlitz beer batter, and an exceptionally moist and meaty breaded walleye fillet. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "9 Milwaukee fish fries that will make Lent something special," 24 Feb. 2020 Then fillet and debone the fish, and remove the skin. Cosmo Genova, Field & Stream, "How to Cook Lake Trout Chowder," 28 Apr. 2020 Instead of filleting and moving on, take the time to explain each part and its function. Popular Science, "Eleven outdoor skills to teach your kids—or yourself," 1 Apr. 2020 Instead of filleting and moving on, take the time to explain each part and its function. Christine Peterson, Outdoor Life, "11 Outdoor Skills You Can Teach Your Child," 24 Mar. 2020 To serve, pour the sauce onto a plate and lay a walleye fillet on top. Jamie Carlson, Outdoor Life, "5 Walleye Recipes That Don’t Involve Frying," 12 Feb. 2020 It is surgically filleted Wagyu beef and bright bags of shrimp chips. Los Angeles Times, "We’re big fans of these 11 supermarkets," 26 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of fillet

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1604, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for fillet

Noun and Verb

Middle English filet, from Anglo-French, diminutive of fil thread, from Latin filum — more at file

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The first known use of fillet was in the 14th century

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24 Feb 2021

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“Fillet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fillet. Accessed 1 Mar. 2021.

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fillet

noun

English Language Learners Definition of fillet

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a piece or slice of boneless meat or fish

fillet

verb

English Language Learners Definition of fillet (Entry 2 of 2)

: to cut (meat or fish) into fillets

fillet

noun
fil·​let | \ ˈfi-lət How to pronounce fillet (audio) , fi-ˈlā \

Kids Definition of fillet

: a piece of boneless meat or fish

fillet

noun
fil·​let | \ ˈfil-ət How to pronounce fillet (audio) \

Medical Definition of fillet

: a band of anatomical fibers specifically : lemniscus

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