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fillet (n.)

early 14c., "little headband," from Old French filet "thread, filament; strip, ligament" (12c.), diminutive of fil "thread" (see file (v.1)). Sense of "cut of meat or fish" is from late 14c., apparently so called because it was prepared by being tied up with a string.

fillet (v.)

c. 1600, "to bind with a narrow band," from fillet (n.). Meaning "to cut in fillets" is from 1846. Related: Filleted; filleting.

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Definitions of fillet
1
fillet (n.)
a boneless steak cut from the tenderloin of beef;
Synonyms: filet
fillet (n.)
a longitudinal slice or boned side of a fish;
Synonyms: filet / fish fillet / fish filet
fillet (n.)
a bundle of sensory nerve fibers going to the thalamus;
Synonyms: lemniscus
fillet (n.)
a narrow headband or strip of ribbon worn as a headband;
Synonyms: taenia / tenia
fillet (n.)
fastener consisting of a narrow strip of welded metal used to join steel members;
Synonyms: stopping
2
fillet (v.)
decorate with a lace of geometric designs;
Synonyms: filet
fillet (v.)
cut into filets;
Synonyms: filet
From wordnet.princeton.edu