Definition of trivet in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈtrivit/


1An iron tripod placed over a fire for a cooking pot or kettle to stand on.
Example sentences
  • On and around them are all sorts of spits, racks, trivets, pans, kettles, cauldrons and hot plates, all fashioned out of black cast iron.
  • His opening slide was of a cast iron trivet with a steaming kettle on top.
  • Satisfied, she turned back to Lucky and motioned towards a steaming kettle sitting on an iron trivet on top of the wood stove.
1.1An iron bracket designed to hook onto bars of a grate for a similar purpose.
Example sentences
  • The front of such trivet bracket is shaped to correspond with the front edge of the bracket carrying the grate and is formed to project from the thickness of the trivet bracket that such projecting edge may rest on the edge of the bracket carrying the grate and the trivet be thereby supported and prevented from revolving.
1.2A small plate placed under a hot serving dish to protect a table.
Example sentences
  • Select serving dishes, serving utensils and trivets, and set table.
  • Use coasters under glasses and vases, and pads or trivets under hot dishes.
  • Without a word of answer he picked the trivet up from the table and followed me into the kitchen.


Late Middle English: apparently from Latin tripes, triped- 'three-legged', from tri- 'three' + pes, ped- 'foot'.

  • triad from mid 16th century:

    Triad meaning ‘set of three’ goes back to Greek tres ‘three’. The Chinese secret societies are called Triads from their Chinese name San Ho Hui which can be translated as ‘tripe union society’. Triangle (Late Middle English) comes from the same word. The eternal triangle of romance dates from the early 20th century. Trinitas is the Latin for ‘triad’ and the source of trinity (Middle English). The musical trio (early 18th century) comes from the Italian development of tres. Triple (Middle English) is from the same root; and tripod (early 17th century) is a three-footed device, from tri- ‘three’ podes ‘feet’. Trivet (Late Middle English) comes from the Latin form of the word.

Words that rhyme with trivet

civet, privet, rivet

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Syllabification: triv·et

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