fillets; filleted; filleting

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.

Definitions of fillet
  1. noun
    a longitudinal slice or boned side of a fish
    synonyms: filet, fish filet, fish fillet
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    type of:
    piece, slice
    a serving that has been cut from a larger portion
  2. noun
    a boneless steak cut from the tenderloin of beef
    synonyms: filet
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    a very thick center cut of beef tenderloin
    thick steak cut from the beef tenderloin
    filet mignon
    small steak cut from the thick end of a beef tenderloin
    type of:
    a beef steak usually cooked by broiling
  3. verb
    cut into filets
    synonyms: filet
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    type of:
    carve, cut up
    cut to pieces
  4. noun
    a narrow headband or strip of ribbon worn as a headband
    synonyms: taenia, tenia
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    type of:
    a band worn around or over the head
  5. noun
    fastener consisting of a narrow strip of welded metal used to join steel members
    synonyms: stopping
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    type of:
    fastener, fastening, fixing, holdfast
    restraint that attaches to something or holds something in place
  6. verb
    decorate with a lace of geometric designs
    synonyms: filet
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    adorn, beautify, decorate, embellish, grace, ornament
    make more attractive by adding ornament, colour, etc.
  7. noun
    a bundle of sensory nerve fibers going to the thalamus
    synonyms: lemniscus
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    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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