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

  • n. A narrow strip of ribbon or similar material, often worn as a headband.
  • n. A strip or compact piece of boneless meat or fish, especially the beef tenderloin.
  • n. A boneless strip of meat rolled and tied, as for roasting.
  • n. Architecture A thin flat molding used as separation between or ornamentation for larger moldings.
  • n. Architecture A ridge between the indentations of a fluted column.
  • n. A narrow decorative line impressed onto the cover of a book.
  • n. Heraldry A narrow horizontal band placed in the lower fourth area of the chief.
  • n. Anatomy A loop-shaped band of fibers, such as the lemniscus.
  • transitive v. To bind or decorate with or as if with a fillet.
  • transitive v. To slice, bone, or make into fillets.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A headband; a ribbon or other band used to tie the hair up, or keep a headdress in place, or just for decoration.
  • n. A thin strip of any material, in various technical uses.
  • n. A heavy bead of waterproofing compound or sealant material generally installed at the point where vertical and horizontal surfaces meet.
  • n. A rounded relief or cut at an edge, especially an inside edge, added for a finished appearance and to break sharp edges.
  • n. A strip or compact piece of meat or fish from which any bones and skin and feathers have been removed.
  • n. A thin flat moulding/molding used as separation between larger mouldings.
  • v. To slice, bone or make into fillets.
  • v. To apply, create, or specify a rounded or filled corner to.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A little band, especially one intended to encircle the hair of the head.
  • n. A piece of lean meat without bone; sometimes, a long strip rolled together and tied.
  • n. A thin strip or ribbon; esp.: (a) A strip of metal from which coins are punched. (b) A strip of card clothing. (c) A thin projecting band or strip.
  • n. A concave filling in of a reëntrant angle where two surfaces meet, forming a rounded corner.
  • n. A narrow flat member; especially, a flat molding separating other moldings; a reglet; also, the space between two flutings in a shaft. See Illust. of Base, and Column.
  • n. An ordinary equaling in breadth one fourth of the chief, to the lowest portion of which it corresponds in position.
  • n. The thread of a screw.
  • n. A border of broad or narrow lines of color or gilt.
  • n. The raised molding about the muzzle of a gun.
  • n. Any scantling smaller than a batten.
  • n. A fascia; a band of fibers; applied esp. to certain bands of white matter in the brain.
  • n. The loins of a horse, beginning at the place where the hinder part of the saddle rests.
  • transitive v. To bind, furnish, or adorn with a fillet.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To bind, furnish, or adorn with a fillet or little band.
  • In cooking: To form into or dress as a fillet, as a piece of beef.
  • To cut fillets from, as from a chicken or a fish.
  • n. A little band to tie about the hair of the head.
  • n. A bill or paper kept on a file; a bill of fare.
  • n. In architecture: A small molding having the appearance of a narrow flat band; an annulet; a list; a listel. It often projects, and is then rectangular in section. It is generally used to separate ornaments and moldings.
  • n. The ridge between the flutes of a column; a facet.
  • n. In heraldry: A bearing consisting of a barrulet occupying a position corresponding to the lower edge of the chief.
  • n. A bearing consisting of a quarter of the bordure.
  • n. Same as baston: in this sense usually called fillet of bastardy. Also combel.
  • n. In technology: In carpentry: A strip nailed to a wall or partition to support a shelf, or a strip for a door to close against. A strip set into an angle between two boards.
  • n. In gilding, a band of gold-leaf on a picture-frame or elsewhere.
  • n. In coining, a strip of metal rolled to a certain size.
  • n. The thread of a screw.
  • n. A ring on the muzzle of a gun, etc.
  • n. In a dairy, a perforated curb by which cheese-curds are confined.
  • n. In bookbinding, a wheel-shaped tool on the edge of which is engraved a line or decoration, which is impressed on the backs or covers of books.
  • n. In telegraphy, a paper ribbon upon which telegrams are recorded.
  • n. In printing, a rule with broad or broad and narrow lines, principally used as a border.
  • n. In weaving, a strip of card-clothing.
  • n. A muscle, or a piece of meat composed of muscle; especially, the fleshy part of the thigh. The fillet of beef is the tenderloin; the fillet of veal, a thick piece cut from the leg; the fillet of chicken, the breast.
  • n. In the manège, the loins of a horse, beginning at the place where the hinder part of the saddle rests.
  • n. In cooking: A piece of beef, veal, or chicken, etc., boned and rolled, generally larded, tied round to keep it in shape, roasted or baked, and served with various sauces.
  • n. A thick slice of fish.
  • n. In anatomy, some special bundle of nerve-fibers; specifically, a band of longitudinal fibers lying in the ventral and outer parts of the tegmental region of the brain.
  • n. In entomology: A narrow transverse colored band or mark, or an encircling band.
  • n. The space between the eyes and the base of the mandibles or cheliceræ, as of a spider.
  • n. The rounded corner of a groove in a roll, or of a pattern for molding, etc.
  • n. A loop-shaped instrument or bandage by means of which, when passed over a projecting part of the fetus, traction is made in cases of tedious or obstructed labor.

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

  • v. decorate with a lace of geometric designs
  • v. cut into filets
  • n. a narrow headband or strip of ribbon worn as a headband
  • n. a boneless steak cut from the tenderloin of beef
  • n. a bundle of sensory nerve fibers going to the thalamus
  • n. fastener consisting of a narrow strip of welded metal used to join steel members
  • n. a longitudinal slice or boned side of a fish


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

Middle English filet, from Old French, diminutive of fil, thread, from Latin fīlum.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle French filet, ultimately from Latin fīlum ("thread").


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