Definition of filigree in English:

filigree

Syllabification: fil·i·gree
Pronunciation: /ˈfiləˌgrē
 
/
(also filagree)

noun

  • 1Ornamental work of fine (typically gold or silver) wire formed into delicate tracery: [as modifier]: delicate silver filigree earrings
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    • I walked over to the case and looked inside, searching not for shining silver or delicate filigree, but for the simple, wooden cases that characterized her pure, straightforward faith.
    • As his wares were textiles, it was fitting that his breeches were made of something that looked expensive, as was his jewellery: silver filigree bracelets and armlets.
    • Delicate gold filigree entwined itself around her lower arm, wrist, and hand.
    Synonyms
    tracery, fretwork, latticework, scrollwork, lacework, quilling
  • 1.1A thing resembling filigree: a wedding cake of gold and white filigree
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    • Snarled hanks of colored line nest devotedly against one another and suspend euphoniously from a planar filigree of black over white.
    • The vocalizations, the tics and filigrees, are all understated and controlled, projecting an attitude of, first, not-caring, but second, total mastery.
    • All this structural bravura, however, is there to anchor and act as conduit to the filigree of crisscrossing sticks that support the seemingly weightless slabs of the roof.

Origin

late 17th century (earlier as filigreen, filigrane): from French filigrane, from Italian filigrana (from Latin filum 'thread' + granum 'seed').

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