Etymology
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filet (n.)

1841 in cookery, reborrowing from French of the same word that had been taken 14c. and Englished as fillet (q.v.). Filet mignon (literally "dainty fillet") for "small, round, tender cut of meat from the center of the fillet" is attested as a French word in English from 1815.

The 'Chateaubriand,' the 'entrecôte,' and the 'filet mignon' (of mutton), with other forms, are all due to the more enlarged sympathies of the French butcher for what is perfect. We must entirely change the mode of cutting up the carcase before we can arrive at the same perfection in form of meat purchasable, and as that is hopeless, so is it useless to insist further on the subject on behalf of the public. ["The Kitchen and the Cellar," Quarterly Review, April 1877]

updated on August 18, 2020

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Definitions of filet from WordNet
1
filet (n.)
a boneless steak cut from the tenderloin of beef;
Synonyms: fillet
filet (n.)
a longitudinal slice or boned side of a fish;
Synonyms: fillet / fish fillet / fish filet
filet (n.)
lace having a square mesh;
2
filet (v.)
decorate with a lace of geometric designs;
Synonyms: fillet
filet (v.)
cut into filets;
filet the fish
Synonyms: fillet
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