fillet

1 of 2

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
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 (see flute entry 1 sense 3) in a shaft

fillet

2 of 2

verb

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

transitive verb

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

Example Sentences

Noun a juicy fillet of beef Verb He carefully filleted the fish with a sharp knife.
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Press beet-sugar-salt mixture evenly over salmon and on both sides of fillet. Kim Sunée, Anchorage Daily News, 18 Nov. 2022 Spoon about 2 tablespoons avocado sauce over each fillet. Christopher Kimball, San Diego Union-Tribune, 21 Sep. 2022 To prepare the mahi-mahi on pineapple bark: Place each fillet between two planks of pineapple bark and secure with kitchen twine. Bethany Thayer, Detroit Free Press, 23 July 2022 Roast for 25-30 minutes or until thickest part of fillet registers 120F. Morgan Hines, USA TODAY, 14 Oct. 2022 The fÿsh fillet has the same mild flavor and firm, flaky texture of pollock or cod, but SeaCo Catch’s taco is a bit spicier and pricier than the Rubio’s original taco. San Diego Union-Tribune, 29 July 2022 But it’s the solo Isbell performances that are the fillet of Pettus’ recordings. Matt Wake | Mwake@al.com, al, 6 Sep. 2022 On May 7, 2001, Jason Pritchard entered Mountain View Elementary School with a fillet knife and slashed three children in line for breakfast. David Reamer, Anchorage Daily News, 3 July 2022 This recipe offers a little insurance even if your fillet is not optimal. Ann Maloney, Washington Post, 31 May 2022
Verb
The text is also instructional, explaining how to fillet a whole fish, ferment and pickle, and use layering to achieve unorthodox flavor combinations. Von Diaz, Washington Post, 3 June 2022 Fabric bought from Florence bind the cushions made by Sabbagh, and a roving cart becomes a talker when staff use it to carve a whole chicken or fillet a fish tableside. Washington Post, 15 Apr. 2022 Each challenge is based on one of her signature dishes: how to fillet a flat fish, or make clarified butter and soufflés. Patrick Ryan, USA TODAY, 31 Mar. 2022 The Barracuda can allow as many as six fishermen at one time to fillet fish and grind the bones, heads and guts. cleveland, 6 Aug. 2021 The Muckleshoot of Washington state have hosted workshops on how to fillet a salmon and slice up an elk. Richard Mertens, The Christian Science Monitor, 22 Feb. 2021 Simply fillet the meat off the thighbone and cut away the knuckle that’s attached to the meat. Alex Robinson, Outdoor Life, 6 May 2020 Instead of filleting and moving on, take the time to explain each part and its function. Popular Science, 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, 24 Feb. 2020 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

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

Verb

derivative of fillet entry 1

First Known Use

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1604, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

Dictionary Entries Near fillet

Cite this Entry

“Fillet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fillet. Accessed 5 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

fillet 1 of 2

noun

fil·​let ˈfil-ət How to pronounce fillet (audio)
also
fi-ˈlā How to pronounce fillet (audio)
ˈfil-(ˌ)ā
variants also filet
fi-ˈlā How to pronounce fillet (audio)
ˈfil-(ˌ)ā
: a piece or slice of boneless meat or fish

fillet

2 of 2

verb

: to cut into fillets

Medical Definition

fillet

noun

fil·​let ˈfil-ət How to pronounce fillet (audio)
: a band of anatomical fibers
specifically : lemniscus

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