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fi·let 1

 (fĭ-lā′, fĭl′ā′)
1. A net or lace with a simple pattern of squares.
2. Needlework done on a background of this net.

[French, from Old French, diminutive of fil, thread, from Latin fīlum; see file1.]

fi·let 2

 (fĭ-lā′, fĭl′ā′)
Variant of fillet..
Variant of fillet..
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(ˈfɪlɪt; ˈfɪleɪ; French filɛ)
(Cookery) a variant spelling of fillet1, fillet2, fillet3
[C20: from French: net, from Old Provençal filat, from fil thread, from Latin fīlum]
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(fɪˈleɪ, ˈfɪl eɪ)
net or lace of square mesh.
[1905–10; < French: net, mesh, probably alter of filé, n. use of past participle of filer; see file1, -et]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.filet - a boneless steak cut from the tenderloin of beeffilet - a boneless steak cut from the tenderloin of beef
beefsteak - a beef steak usually cooked by broiling
beef tenderloin - beef loin muscle
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
2.filet - a longitudinal slice or boned side of a fishfilet - a longitudinal slice or boned side of a fish
slice, piece - a serving that has been cut from a larger portion; "a piece of pie"; "a slice of bread"
3.filet - lace having a square mesh
lace - a delicate decorative fabric woven in an open web of symmetrical patterns
Verb1.filet - decorate with a lace of geometric designs
adorn, decorate, grace, ornament, embellish, beautify - make more attractive by adding ornament, colour, etc.; "Decorate the room for the party"; "beautify yourself for the special day"
2.filet - cut into filets; "filet the fish"
cookery, cooking, preparation - the act of preparing something (as food) by the application of heat; "cooking can be a great art"; "people are needed who have experience in cookery"; "he left the preparation of meals to his wife"
cut up, carve - cut to pieces; "Father carved the ham"
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References in classic literature ?
Jackson had helped himself to a slice of the tepid filet which the mournful butler had handed him with a look as sceptical as his own, and had rejected the mushroom sauce after a scarcely perceptible sniff.
4 salmon filets, each 8 ounces and 1 1/2 inches think, skin and bones removed
Dip tuna filets into the egg and then press into the walnut mixture.
"Raccommodeuses de filets dans les dunes" (Women mending nets in the fields) dates from 1882 and was bought by an American collector in a hot bidding battle that boosted the selling price far above the estimated value of between three to five million euros.
L'unite Famap, sise a la zone industrielle de Chetouane, a Tlemcen, specialisee dans la fabrication de cordages, filets et fils, notamment pour le secteur de la peche, a fait l'objet, hier, d'une visite d'une delegation de representants de l'Institut maritime de Coree.
Use 1 tablespoon of the oil to brush over both sides of the fish filets, then season with salt and pepper.
4 trout filets or 2 whole trout, butteiflied, heads removed
There are 17 species of edible Florida snapper, from the small, sweet yellowtail to the big American red, which yields thick, flaky filets with a firm texture--great in almost any preparation.
The salmon story started in 1987, when Costco made high-quality skin-on salmon filets one of its two initial seafood offerings, priced at $5.99 per pound.