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 Season salmon with black pepper and top each fillet with one-quarter of the salsa, spreading evenly to cover. Rahaf Al Bochi, CNN, 1 Sep. 2021 Elimination test: One hour to prepare a dish with a monkfish fillet cut by chef Masaharu Morimoto. Cheryl V. Jackson, The Indianapolis Star, 8 July 2021 The winning teams will need to create at least 25 cuts of structured chicken breast or fish fillet that mimic real meat. Mike Freeman, San Diego Union-Tribune, 13 July 2021 Spread cod fillet evenly with sautéed tomato-kimchi mixture. Kim Sunée, Anchorage Daily News, 20 May 2021 All steaks are served a la carte and include the bone-in Tomahawk, fillet mignon center cut, and the bone-in rib eye. Chelsea Davis, Forbes, 23 June 2021 Place cod fillet in a large glass or ceramic baking dish (or place on a foil or parchment-lined sheet pan). Kim Sunée, Anchorage Daily News, 20 May 2021 Divide the salad among four plates and top each with a salmon fillet. Washington Post, 20 Apr. 2021 Use the remaining oil to coat each fillet and sprinkle each with the remaining salt and pepper. Washington Post, 16 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 Then fillet and debone the fish, and remove the skin. Cosmo Genova, Field & Stream, 28 Apr. 2020 Instead of filleting and moving on, take the time to explain each part and its function. Popular Science, 1 Apr. 2020 Instead of filleting and moving on, take the time to explain each part and its function. Christine Peterson, Outdoor Life, 24 Mar. 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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“Fillet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fillet. Accessed 26 Sep. 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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