[fil-it; usually fi-ley for 1, 10]
a boneless cut or slice of meat or fish, especially the beef tenderloin.
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.
a decorative line impressed on a book cover, usually at the top and bottom of the back.
a rolling tool for impressing such lines.
Also called list. a narrow flat molding or area, raised or sunk between larger moldings or areas. See diag. under molding.
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)
to cut or prepare (meat or fish) as a fillet.
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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fillet (ˈfɪlɪt)
1.  a.  Also called: fillet steak a strip of boneless meat, esp the undercut of a sirloin of beef
 b.  the boned side of a fish
 c.  the white meat of breast and wing of a chicken
2.  a narrow strip of any material
3.  a thin strip of ribbon, lace, etc, worn in the hair or around the neck
4.  a narrow flat moulding, esp one between other mouldings
5.  a narrow band between two adjacent flutings on the shaft of a column
6.  Also called: fillet weld a narrow strip of welded metal of approximately triangular cross-section used to join steel members at right angles
7.  heraldry a horizontal division of a shield, one quarter of the depth of the chief
8.  listel, Also called: list the top member of a cornice
9.  anatomy Technical name: lemniscus a band of sensory nerve fibres in the brain connected to the thalamus
10.  a.  a narrow decorative line, impressed on the cover of a book
 b.  a wheel tool used to impress such lines
11.  another name for fairing
vb , -lets, -leting, -leted
12.  to cut or prepare (meat or fish) as a fillet
13.  to cut fillets from (meat or fish)
14.  anatomy to surgically remove a bone from (part of the body) so that only soft tissue remains
15.  to bind or decorate with or as if with a fillet
[C14: from Old French filet, from fil thread, from Latin fīlum]

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Word Origin & History

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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Medical Dictionary

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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Example sentences
The dinner menu highlights such selections as a quiche of the day, steak tartar and grilled fish filleted tableside.
They do not actually introduce the subject at all: they merely provide a pastiche, and a filleted one at that.
The filleted fish, distributed amongst attendees, highlighted the successful event.
The corpses are filleted, cooked and served to unsuspecting customers.
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