from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun 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 Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

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


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

    August 17, 2010

  • 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 write filet we pronounce it in French fashion, ˈfɪleɪ, namely filet mignon ˈfɪleɪ ˈmɪnjɒ~. There is a stress difference: BrE ˈfɪleɪ, AmE fɪˈleɪ.

    August 18, 2010