The Collaborative International Dictionary
Trivet \Triv"et\, n. [Probably through French fr. L. tripes, -edis, three-footed; tri- (see Tri-)+ pes, pedis, foot: cf. F. tr['e]pied. See Foot, and cf. Tripod.]
A tree-legged stool, table, or other support; especially, a stand to hold a kettle or similar vessel near the fire; a tripod. [Written also trevet.]
A weaver's knife. See Trevat.
Trivet table, a table supported by three legs.
n. A stool or other thing supported by three legs; a trivet.