fillet

A fillet is a specially cut piece of meat or fish. If you order a fillet of salmon at a restaurant, it won't have any bones in it.

You can eat a fish fillet or a fillet of beef — either one will be boneless. If you cut a fillet yourself, you fillet the meat. The oldest meaning of the noun fillet, one that's rare today, is "a ribbon worn around the head." It comes from the French filet, the diminutive form of fil, or "thread." The meat meaning came from the technique of tying it with a string before it was cut.

Primary Meanings of fillet

1.
nv
a longitudinal slice or boned side of a fish
cut into filets
2.
n
a narrow headband or strip of ribbon worn as a headband
3.
n
fastener consisting of a narrow strip of welded metal used to join steel members
4.
v
decorate with a lace of geometric designs
5.
n
a bundle of sensory nerve fibers going to the thalamus
Full Definitions of fillet
1

n a longitudinal slice or boned side of a fish

Synonyms:
filet, fish filet, fish fillet
Type of:
piece, slice
a serving that has been cut from a larger portion

n a boneless steak cut from the tenderloin of beef

Synonyms:
filet
Types:
Chateaubriand
a very thick center cut of beef tenderloin
tournedos
thick steak cut from the beef tenderloin
filet mignon
small steak cut from the thick end of a beef tenderloin
Type of:
beefsteak
a beef steak usually cooked by broiling

v cut into filets

Synonyms:
filet
Type of:
carve, cut up
cut to pieces
2

n a narrow headband or strip of ribbon worn as a headband

Synonyms:
taenia, tenia
Type of:
headband
a band worn around or over the head
3

n fastener consisting of a narrow strip of welded metal used to join steel members

Synonyms:
stopping
Type of:
fastener, fastening, fixing, holdfast
restraint that attaches to something or holds something in place
4

v decorate with a lace of geometric designs

Synonyms:
filet
Type of:
adorn, beautify, decorate, embellish, grace, ornament
make more attractive by adding ornament, colour, etc.
5

n a bundle of sensory nerve fibers going to the thalamus

Synonyms:
lemniscus
Type of:
afferent, afferent nerve, sensory nerve
a nerve that passes impulses from receptors toward or to the central nervous system

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