Definitions

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

  • n. A small, round, very choice cut of beef from the loin.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A steak cut of beef taken from the tenderloin, or psoas major, of the steer or heifer.

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

  • n. small steak cut from the thick end of a beef tenderloin

Etymologies

French : filet, fillet + mignon, dainty.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French filet mignon (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • "Indeed, if you will permit a further liberty, I too will be feasting on le filet mignon de Charolais and I will be honoured if you will join me at the table and share with me a bottle of the Chateau Durfort-Vivens."

    Salvage for the Saint

  • The grass-fed filet mignon available from US Wellness Meats is a great source of healthy omega-3s.

    The Truth About Beauty

  • Not much for eating filet mignon and scrambled eggs in the middle of the night, he only had coffee, black and unsugared, like he learned to drink it back in the navy.

    First Man

  • B. B. King looks like he’s going through hell on that guitar, but go into any swanky spot like South Beach’s Prime 112 or Rue 57 in Manhattan and look at the smiles on those rich folk’s faces as they wash down filet mignon with cabernet while King plays in the background.

    Magic City

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