- a three-legged stand for holding pots, kettles, etc. over or near a fire
- a short-legged stand on which to set a hot dish at the table during a meal
Origin of trivetMiddle English trevet from Old English trefet from Classical Latin tripes (gen. tripedis), tripod, three-footed from tri-, three + pes, foot
- 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.
- A three-legged stand made of metal, used for supporting cooking vessels in a hearth.
Origin of trivetMiddle 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.
Old English trefet, from Latin tripes, "˜tripod'.