[ fil-uh-cher, -choo r ]
/ ˈfɪl ə tʃər, -ˌtʃʊər /


the act of forming into threads.
a reel for drawing off silk from cocoons.
the reeling of silk from cocoons.
an establishment for reeling silk.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for filature


/ (ˈfɪlətʃə) /


the act or process of spinning silk, etc, into threads
the reel used for this
a place where such spinning or reeling is done

Word Origin for filature

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