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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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Examples for filet
  • For fancier tastes, there's spice-crusted filet mignon and maple-glazed duck.
  • When it's time to eat, filet mignon dinners reward a day of roughing it in the wilderness.
  • Most cooks focus on the difference between filet mignon and rib eye.
  • Apparently, this also discourages impulse shoppers who stick the filet mignon in their cart and trot it up to the register.
  • Yes manned flight is infinitely more expensive than unmanned drones, but filet mignon is considerably more expensive than gruel.
  • Why don't you western people stop driving cars, stop eating only chicken filet.
  • We also enjoyed the pike filet cooked in a tangy red-pepper sauce.
  • Rub each filet with olive oil, salt and pepper to taste.
  • There is a saté, for instance, made with filet mignon.
  • In the company of such cuts, the filet mignon seems almost lean, except that it's the size of a cantaloupe.
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, reborrowing from Fr. of the same word that had been taken 14c. and Anglicized as fillet (q.v.). Filet mignon first recorded in Eng. 1906 in writings of O. Henry.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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