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[fil-uh-cher, -choo r]
  1. the act of forming into threads.
  2. a reel for drawing off silk from cocoons.
  3. the reeling of silk from cocoons.
  4. an establishment for reeling silk.
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Origin of filature

1750–60; < French < Medieval Latin fīlātūra the spinning art, equivalent to fīlāt(us) spun (past participle of fīlāre; see filament) + -ūra -ure
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Examples from the Web for filature

Historical Examples of filature

  • Filature, fil′a-tūr, n. the reeling of silk, or the place where it is done.

    Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 2 of 4: E-M)


  • I came into this filature when quite young, and it has taken me years to find out even the little I know now.

    The Story of Silk

    Sara Ware Bassett

  • The boys exchanged a smile and passed on into the filature, as the factory where the reeling was done was called.

    The Story of Silk

    Sara Ware Bassett

  • The quality of raw silk depends, therefore, very much upon the skill and care bestowed upon its filature.

British Dictionary definitions for filature


  1. the act or process of spinning silk, etc, into threads
  2. the reel used for this
  3. a place where such spinning or reeling is done
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Word Origin for filature

C18: from Medieval Latin fīlātūra the art of spinning, from fīlāre to spin thread; see filament
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