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 The Atlantic cod was popular staple of fish fillet sandwiches and fish and chips until populations crashed in the 1990s. Dennis Pillion | Dpillion@al.com, al, "Crabs fell on Alabama: The new seafood shacks taking over the state," 29 Apr. 2021 The real draws were the gourmet dinner (fillet of sole or broiled chicken) and the live orchestra; the prizes were an afterthought, at best. Rachel Syme, The New Yorker, "Fashion Was Back at the 2021 Oscars," 26 Apr. 2021 From its honeyed starch to its tangy tartar and savory fillet, the taste of the Filet-O-Fish carries an ineffable umami-ness. New York Times, "Why the Filet-O-Fish Is My Gold Standard for Fast Food," 20 Apr. 2021 McDonald’s insists that the cheese has always been half a slice — so as not to overwhelm the fishiness of the fillet. New York Times, "Why the Filet-O-Fish Is My Gold Standard for Fast Food," 20 Apr. 2021 Plate the dish by placing a heaping spoon of potatoes in the center of the plate, spreading a little sautéed spinach on the potatoes, and then placing the fillet on top. Kelsey Ogletree, Better Homes & Gardens, "12 Food Styling Tips from Celebrity Chefs to Try at Dinner Tonight," 13 Apr. 2021 The length of the paper will vary with the fillet shape and size. Washington Post, "Cooking fish in parchment packets ensures moist, flavorful fillets without much fuss," 16 Mar. 2021 Carol apparently has a weirdly specific strong right foot and even stronger spearfishing skills, the latter of which doesn’t prevent Daryl from delivering some fillet technique mansplaining. Richard Rys, Vulture, "The Walking Dead Recap: Dog Days," 7 Mar. 2021 Date nights call for a local fillet at Sweet Melissa's Cafe, helmed by chef and James Beard Award semifinalist Melissa Donahue. Marisa Spyker, Southern Living, "Florida's Hidden Treasure: Explore the Natural Wonders of Sanibel Island," 9 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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, "Seeds and beyond: Native Americans embrace ‘food sovereignty’," 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, "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

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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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7 May 2021

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“Fillet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fillet. Accessed 7 May. 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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