- 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 metal stand with short feet, used under a hot dish on a table.
- 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 thrif&emacron;te, three-footed) of Latin trip&emacron;s, triped- : tri-, tri- + p&emacron;s, foot; see ped- in Indo-European roots.
Old English trefet, from Latin tripes, "˜tripod'.