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a. A metal stand with short feet, used under a hot dish on a table.
b. A usually raised plate of ceramic, wood, or another material that serves a similar purpose.
2. A three-legged stand made of metal, used for supporting cooking vessels in a hearth.

[Middle English trevet, stand for cooking vessels, from Old English trefet, probably alteration (influenced by Old English thrifēte, three-footed) of Latin tripēs, triped- : tri-, tri- + pēs, foot; see ped- in Indo-European roots.]


1. (Cookery) a stand, usually three-legged and metal, on which cooking vessels are placed over a fire
2. (Cookery) a short metal stand on which hot dishes are placed on a table
3. as right as a trivet old-fashioned in perfect health
[Old English trefet (influenced by Old English thrifēte having three feet), from Latin tripēs having three feet]


(ˈtrɪv ɪt)

1. a small metal or ceramic plate with short legs, used under a hot platter or dish to protect a table.
2. a three-legged stand placed over a fire to support cooking vessels or the like.
[1375–1425; late Middle English trevet, Old English trefet, appar. b. Old English thrifēte three-footed and Latin triped-, s. of tripēs three-footed (with Vulgar Latin -e- for Latin -i-)]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.trivet - a three-legged metal stand for supporting a cooking vessel in a hearthtrivet - a three-legged metal stand for supporting a cooking vessel in a hearth
pedestal, stand, base - a support or foundation; "the base of the lamp"
2.trivet - a stand with short feet used under a hot dish on a tabletrivet - a stand with short feet used under a hot dish on a table
pedestal, stand, base - a support or foundation; "the base of the lamp"


[ˈtrɪvɪt] N (US) → salvamanteles m inv
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Right as a trivet all the time, and punctual at your meals.
Disposed apart, Ulysses shares the treat; A trivet table and ignobler seat, The Prince assigns Odyssey, Book 21.
The noise of footsteps on the creaking stairs, a few minutes after the occurrence of this conversation, roused the merry old gentleman as he sat over the fire with a saveloy and a small loaf in his hand; a pocket-knife in his right; and a pewter pot on the trivet.
As to the letter, Rokesmith,' said Mr Boffin, 'you're as right as a trivet.
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This touches a spring in Grandmother Smallweed, who, chuckling as usual at the trivets, cries, "Over the water
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Some time elapses in the present instance before the old gentleman is sufficiently cool to resume his discourse, and even then he mixes it up with several edifying expletives addressed to the unconscious partner of his bosom, who holds communication with nothing on earth but the trivets.
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Make a statement while protecting the dinner table with this slogan trivet.
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