Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A net or lace with a simple pattern of squares.
  • n. Variant of fillet.
  • v. Variant of fillet.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A narrow strip of ribbon, material or meat.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In decorative art, a thin line forming part of a design or ornamenting an edge or the like; a fillet: as, a filet in gold in bookbinding; a filet of ruby luster on a majolica vase. See fillet.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. decorate with a lace of geometric designs
  • n. a boneless steak cut from the tenderloin of beef
  • n. a longitudinal slice or boned side of a fish
  • n. lace having a square mesh
  • v. cut into filets

Etymologies

French, from Old French, diminutive of fil, thread, from Latin fīlum; see file1.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Pan cooking a thin filet like this little red snapper is the way to go, and there are a few cooking suggestions near the end.

    How To Filet A Fish Like A Pro | Lifehacker Australia

  • The dish features a beef tender loin filet roasted with peppercorn crust and topped with sauteed mushrooms and a ruby port wine reduction.

    Filet Au Poivre

  • You can crap on a silver platter, call it filet mingon, serve it up to your friends and all take a bite.

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  • One of the foremost clubs in London one day changed its cook; and its members were astonished to find that the steak which had formerly been served to them under the name filet de boeuf was now always announced as a Chateaubriand.

    languagehat.com: MA, A SMALL BIRD.

  • "Other than the fact that I've paid $30 to be teased by this speck of beef you call a filet and three-quarters of my plate is taken up by a cheesy dish that smells suspiciously like a dead horse's yeast-infected cooter ... everything's hunky dory, Ace."

    unclebob Diary Entry

  • People today act like a filet is the only edible part of a cow.

    Good, Old Sauerbraten

  • I also thought the filet was a very good size, I would say about 6 to 8 oz.

    Taix

  • Pork tenderloin, like its relative the beef tenderloin sometimes called filet mignon, is among the leanest cuts of meat.

    Recipe of the Day: Twice-Cooked Pork Tenderloin - Bitten Blog - NYTimes.com

  • Two meat entrees also scored: a miso-glazed Berkshire pork chop with sweet and sour peaches, and a petite teres steak a cut best described as filet mignon with flavor in a tomato vinaigrette with a succotash of corn, cipollini and fava beans, and salt-roasted fingerling potatoes.

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  • The gnocci that came with the filet was a little bit bland - but the plate was still clean at the end of the meal.

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  • I don't think so. Rather, we use the word fillet, as in fillet of beef, where AmE uses or might use filet. In the one expression where we do definitely writefilet we pronounce it in French fashion, ˈfɪleɪ, namely filet mignon ˈfɪleɪ ˈmɪnjɒ~. There is a stress difference: BrE ˈfɪleɪ, AmE fɪˈleɪ.

    August 18, 2010

  • The British pronounce the hard t at the end as in fillet.

    August 17, 2010