Definition of filigree in English:


Line breaks: fili|gree
Pronunciation: /ˈfɪlɪgriː
(also filagree)


[mass noun]
  • Ornamental work of fine (typically gold or silver) wire formed into delicate tracery: [as modifier]: filigree earrings figurative pine needles draped with a delicate filigree of mist
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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.


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

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