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[fil-it; usually fi-ley for 1, 10] /ˈfɪl ɪt; usually fɪˈleɪ for 1, 10/
  1. a boneless cut or slice of meat or fish, especially the beef tenderloin.
  2. a piece of veal or other meat boned, rolled, and tied for roasting.
a narrow band of ribbon or the like worn around the head, usually as an ornament; headband.
any narrow strip, as wood or metal.
a strip of any material used for binding.
  1. a decorative line impressed on a book cover, usually at the top and bottom of the back.
  2. a rolling tool for impressing such lines.
  1. Also called list. a narrow flat molding or area, raised or sunk between larger moldings or areas.
  2. a narrow portion of the surface of a column left between adjoining flutes.
Anatomy, lemniscus.
a raised rim or ridge, as a ring on the muzzle of a gun.
Metallurgy. a concave strip forming a rounded interior angle in a foundry pattern.
verb (used with object)
  1. to cut or prepare (meat or fish) as a fillet.
  2. to cut fillets from.
to bind or adorn with or as if with a fillet.
Machinery. to round off (an interior angle) with a fillet.
Also, filet (for defs 1, 10).
1300-50; Middle English filet < Anglo-French, Middle French, equivalent to fil thread + -et -et Unabridged
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Examples for filleted
  • The dinner menu highlights such selections as a quiche of the day, steak tartar and grilled fish filleted tableside.
  • The corpses are filleted, cooked and served to unsuspecting customers.
  • They do not actually introduce the subject at all: they merely provide a pastiche, and a filleted one at that.
  • filleted salmon dry on an outdoor rack before being moved into the smoke house.
  • Trout and salmon may not be filleted, and the heads or tails may not be removed in the field or in transit.
  • After samples are taken for science, the largest lionfish are filleted and cooked in the host restaurant's kitchen.
  • After weighing, the fish may be gutted and iced, but not filleted or otherwise cut up.
  • The filleted fish, distributed amongst attendees, highlighted the successful event.
  • Anglers who wish to keep their catch are asked to drop off the filleted rack in one of our collection freezers.
  • The finished anchor shall be free of imperfections and all corners shall be properly filleted or rounded.
British Dictionary definitions for filleted


  1. Also called fillet steak. a strip of boneless meat, esp the undercut of a sirloin of beef
  2. the boned side of a fish
  3. the white meat of breast and wing of a chicken
a narrow strip of any material
a thin strip of ribbon, lace, etc, worn in the hair or around the neck
a narrow flat moulding, esp one between other mouldings
a narrow band between two adjacent flutings on the shaft of a column
Also called fillet weld. a narrow strip of welded metal of approximately triangular cross-section used to join steel members at right angles
(heraldry) a horizontal division of a shield, one quarter of the depth of the chief
Also called listel, list. the top member of a cornice
(anatomy) a band of sensory nerve fibres in the brain connected to the thalamus Technical name lemniscus
  1. a narrow decorative line, impressed on the cover of a book
  2. a wheel tool used to impress such lines
another name for fairing1
verb (transitive) -lets, -leting, -leted
to cut or prepare (meat or fish) as a fillet
to cut fillets from (meat or fish)
(anatomy) to surgically remove a bone from (part of the body) so that only soft tissue remains
to bind or decorate with or as if with a fillet
Also (for senses 1–3) filet
Word Origin
C14: from Old French filet, from fil thread, from Latin fīlum
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Word Origin and History for filleted
early 14c., "headband," from O.Fr. filet, dim. of fil "thread." Sense of "cut of meat or fish" is early 15c., apparently so called because it was prepared by being tied up with a string.
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filleted in Medicine

fillet fil·let (fĭl'ĭt)

  1. A loop of cord or tape used for making traction on a part of the fetus.

  2. A loop-shaped band of fibers, especially the lemniscus.

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Encyclopedia Article for filleted


(from Latin filum, "thread"), in architecture, the characteristically rectangular or square ribbonlike bands that separate moldings and ornaments. Fillets are common in classical architecture (in which they also may be found between the flutings of columns) and in Gothic architecture. In the Early English and Decorated styles of the 13th and 14th centuries, respectively, the fillet is frequently worked upon larger moldings and column shafts; in these cases it is not always flat but rather is sometimes cut into two or more narrow faces that have sharp edges between them. See also molding

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