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[fi-ley, fil-ey; French fee-le] /fɪˈleɪ, ˈfɪl eɪ; French fiˈlɛ/
noun, plural filets
[fi-leyz, fil-az; French fee-le] /fɪˈleɪz, ˈfɪl æz; French fiˈlɛ/ (Show IPA),
verb (used with object)
fillet (defs 1, 10). Unabridged
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  • Every night the chain of each couple is passed round another great chain which is called the filet de ramas.

    The Village Rector Honore de Balzac
  • The filet was done to a turn, and there was just enough seasoning on the mushrooms.

    The Story of Glass Sara Ware Bassett
  • The windows were to be curtained with a fine net having a filet edge, and the furniture was to be of massive mahogany.

    The Triumph of Virginia Dale John Francis, Jr.
  • The filet can also be larded with bacon and cooked in butter and Marsala only.

    The Italian Cook Book Maria Gentile
  • He has not his equal in England for a filet sauté aux champignons.

    Rodney Stone Arthur Conan Doyle
British Dictionary definitions for filet


/ˈfɪlɪt; ˈfɪleɪ; French filɛ/
a variant spelling of fillet (sense 1), fillet (sense 2), fillet (sense 3)
Word Origin
C20: from French: net, from Old Provençal filat, from fil thread, from Latin fīlum
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Word Origin and History for filet

1841 in cookery, reborrowing from French of the same word that had been taken 14c. and anglicized as fillet (q.v.). Filet mignon is attested as a French word in English from 1815.

The 'Chateaubriand,' the 'entrecôte,' and the 'filet mignon' (of mutton), with other forms, are all due to the more enlarged sympathies of the French butcher for what is perfect. We must entirely change the mode of cutting up the carcase before we can arrive at the same perfection in form of meat purchasable, and as that is hopeless, so is it useless to insist further on the subject on behalf of the public. ["The Kitchen and the Cellar," "Quarterly Review," April 1877]

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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