Definition of fillet in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈfɪlɪt/


1A fleshy boneless piece of meat from near the loins or the ribs of an animal: a chicken breast fillet [mass noun]: roast fillet of lamb
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  • Mr Gucci had the fillet of veal braised in brown chicken stock, sautéed ceps, baby spinach and truffle cream at £20.
  • The Oven Roasted Strips Meal consists of three boneless chicken fillets seasoned with a blend of herbs and spices served on a bed of long-grain rice with a side of green beans.
  • Cheaper options included various meat fillets, including chicken, veal, duck, goose and pork.
1.1 (also fillet steak) A beef steak cut from the lower part of a sirloin.
Example sentences
  • For lunch ‘Blue’ has a fillet steak with baked potato followed by another protein mix in mid-afternoon.
  • The fillet steak in the steak sandwich was so good I even queried Greg as to whether he had slipped a better quality one in, just for me, which he denied.
  • The chargrilled fillet steak with creamed potatoes and roasted field mushrooms was ordered medium rare and arrived medium.
1.2A boned side of a fish.
Example sentences
  • The Fish Society's cod fillets are like no other.
  • The fish fillet in wine sauce disappeared off the menu.
  • Heat a heavy based frying pan and seal the fillets on both sides and cook to medium rare.
2A band or ribbon worn round the head, especially for binding the hair.
Example sentences
  • He wears a fillet in his hair and has a richly colored and embroidered himation wrapped around his waist.
  • He also parted company with the Farnese Flora by exchanging her wreath and fillet for oak crowns, a reminder that his figure stood against the thick woods of Versailles.
  • This was true in the case of the Venus Esquilina, whose pose Poynter completed by showing her wrapping a fillet around her head.
2.1 Architecture A narrow flat band separating two mouldings.
Example sentences
  • The extensive factory area across the back of the building includes miniature frame racks fillets representing lengths of moulding.
  • Selling customers on more expensive framing orders is often simply a matter of showing them the effects that wider mats, fillets and more expensive mouldings can have, said several framers.
  • Recognized by decorators and designers around the world, Max Moulding offers a wide variety of mouldings and fillets for every taste, every need and every budget.
2.2 Architecture A small band between the flutes of a column.
3A roughly triangular strip of material which rounds off an interior angle between two surfaces.
Example sentences
  • Alias, however, uses the surfaces to define the fillet.
  • Also, SolidWorks 2004 comes with predefined structural weldment members such as fillets, weld beads, gussets, end caps, and cut lists.
  • The poles came from strips of broken fillets that had been lying around the shop.
4(In bookbinding) a plain line impressed on the cover of a book.
Example sentences
  • Black suede mats will always be popular, and small touches like double mats and fillets go a long way to accentuate a diploma.
4.1A roller used to impress a fillet on the cover of a book.

verb (fillets, filleting, filleted)

[with object]
1Remove the bones from (a fish).
Example sentences
  • Ask your fishmonger to fillet it and remove the small bones.
  • Also thanks for kindly filleting the fish leaving no bones.
  • Scale, clean and fillet the remaining fish, putting skin, bones, heads etc. into a large pan with the fish trimmings and 2 litres of water.
1.1Cut (fish or meat) into boneless strips.
Example sentences
  • Nottingham Crown Court heard that staff, in threadbare butchers' aprons, worked into the early hours to fillet carcasses which had been condemned as unfit for human consumption.
  • A variation of this recipe is usually used to garnish Cantonese roast pork, but we slathered it on salt-baked pork chops, which were filleted like veal and fried in crinkly shapes like some strange form of ribbon candy.
  • Competitors fillet tuna to produce an even, level piece.



Example sentences
  • That does not include all the jobs of shipwrights, engineers, ice-makers, electronic experts, and fish filleters, which will be put at risk.
  • You just couldn't get a good fish filleter for love nor money, and he was absolutely certain that none of the penguins he knew washed their flippers before meals.
  • Two years after the mysterious disappearance of her elder sister, a Fleetwood fish filleter is haunted by the need to know what happened.


Middle English (denoting a band worn round the head): from Old French filet 'thread', based on Latin filum 'thread'.

Words that rhyme with fillet

billet, filet, millet, skillet, willet

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