- 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 mistMore example sentences
- 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').