Definition of trivet in English:



  • 1An iron tripod placed over a fire for a cooking pot or kettle to stand on.

    • ‘Satisfied, she turned back to Lucky and motioned towards a steaming kettle sitting on an iron trivet on top of the wood stove.’
    • ‘We use cast iron teapots on trivets, and this both intensifies the unique flavors and creates an atmospheric experience.’
    • ‘His opening slide was of a cast iron trivet with a steaming kettle on top.’
    • ‘On and around them are all sorts of spits, racks, trivets, pans, kettles, cauldrons and hot plates, all fashioned out of black cast iron.’
    • ‘The kettle remained almost permanently on the trivet.’
    1. 1.1An iron bracket designed to hook onto bars of a grate for a similar purpose.
      • ‘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.’
    2. 1.2A small plate placed under a hot serving dish to protect a table.
      • ‘Without a word of answer he picked the trivet up from the table and followed me into the kitchen.’
      • ‘I walked out to the dining room and placed them on a trivet.’
      • ‘‘I don't like to judge people without knowing them,’ she says at last, setting the coffee pot down on a thick ceramic tile doubling as a trivet.’
      • ‘Use coasters under glasses and vases, and pads or trivets under hot dishes.’
      • ‘Moreover, tiles lend themselves to other uses such as trivets or wall coverings (collectively).’
      • ‘Three times a week in Havana, there's a flea market where dozens of small merchants sell everything from straw hats to papier-mâché replicas of antique cars to trivets made out of old cigar boxes.’
      • ‘She set the casserole on its trivet on the table and put her nose down to get a fuller smell.’
      • ‘Select serving dishes, serving utensils and trivets, and set table.’
      • ‘Beth reaches for the teapot and sets it down on a trivet at the center of the kitchen table.’
      • ‘Her mother lifted the big pot from the stove and placed it on a metal trivet in the centre of the table.’
      • ‘Across from the cooktop is a concrete prep counter with integrated trivet and butcher block.’


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