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 filet (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

Wrap the carp fillets in the banana leaves, securing each packet with kitchen twine. Jesse Pearson, latimes.com, "Fly fishing for ‘sewer salmon’ in the L.A. River," 11 July 2019 Remove the fillets from the oil and drain on a paper towel. ExpressNews.com, "Recipe: Braunda Moody Smith’s Tomato Gravy with Catfish," 12 June 2019 Bake until fillets are flaky and tender, 10-12 minutes depending on thickness. 2. Kitty Greenwald, WSJ, "The Secret to Making Summer Vegetables Sing," 23 Aug. 2018 Place the sole fillets in a single layer on the sheet and season with the salt. Chris Ross, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Giada De Laurentiis' Lemon Sole Oreganata," 23 Apr. 2018 Use these crumbs as a topping for salad, creamy dips or cooked fish fillets. Ben Mims, latimes.com, "Saturday Cook: Cold cucumbers go crunch-for-crunch with chile-spiked breadcrumbs," 22 June 2019 In the same pan, sear the fish fillets for 20-30 seconds on each side. Nik Sharma, SFChronicle.com, "Recipe: Macher Malaikari (Fish in Coconut Milk)," 21 June 2019 Place all the fish fillets on one half of the foil, paste-side down. CBS News, "The Dish: Chef Priya Krishna reveals her signature recipes," 15 June 2019 Meanwhile, season one side of the fish fillets with 1⁄4 teaspoon of the salt and pepper to taste. Gina Homolka And Heather K. Jones, Woman's Day, "Pesce Primavera," 19 Sep. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Yes, there’s a perfect way of roasting a chicken, filleting fish, of doing all these things. Rachel King, Fortune, "Queer Eye’s Antoni Porowski on Netflix, Social Media, and Opening a Restaurant," 30 June 2019 There will be flowers, singing, men and women in white robes, and filleted human corpses flopping about. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, "Midsommar Loses Its Plot Under a Sinister Midnight Sun," 27 June 2019 Remove and discard any skin and pin bones from salmon; cut fillet into ½-inch cubes; store in refrigerator until ready to use. Kim Sunée, Anchorage Daily News, "Fresh salmon gets a lift in this picture-perfect stack," 21 June 2019 In mid-May, when the first Copper River kings and sockeye arrive from Alaska, a whole king of 20 or more pounds might sell for upwards of $40 per pound at Pike Place Market; cleaned and filleted, the same fish costs nearly double. Corey Arnold, National Geographic, "Why wild salmon remains king in the Pacific Northwest," 27 Mar. 2019 The salmon and steelhead are all filleted and sold at the market. Corey Arnold, National Geographic, "Why wild salmon remains king in the Pacific Northwest," 27 Mar. 2019 The new ship will have eight filleting production lines and freezer capacity for 2,500 tons of fish—twice the capacity of one of his current vessels. Robert Lee Hotz, WSJ, "Climate Change Drives Fish Into New Waters, Remaking an Industry," 22 Dec. 2018 Lay a sheet of parchment on a baking sheet and place the salmon fillet skin-side down in the center. Gabrielle Hamilton, House Beautiful, "Gabrielle Hamilton's Salmon With Creamy Lemon Rice," 14 Mar. 2012 The price difference between the two filleting tools is not significantly different. Shannon Tompkins, Houston Chronicle, "Fillet blade a cut above the rest for anglers," 6 June 2018

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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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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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