delicate ornamental work of fine silver, gold, or other metal wires, especially lacy jewelers' work of scrolls and arabesques.
anything very delicate or fanciful: a filigree of frost.
composed of or resembling filigree.
verb (used with object), fil·i·greed, fil·i·gree·ing.
to adorn with or form into filigree.
Origin of filigree
variant of filigrain
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British Dictionary definitions for filigree
filagree or fillagree
delicate ornamental work of twisted gold, silver, or other wire
any fanciful delicate ornamentation
made of or as if with filigree
verb -grees, -greeing or -greed
Derived Formsfiligreed, adjective
(tr) to decorate with or as if with filigree
Word Origin for filigree
C17: from earlier filigreen, from French filigrane, from Latin fīlum thread + grānum grain
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Word Origin and History for filigree
1690s, shortening of filigreen (1660s), from French filigrane "filigree" (17c.), from Italian filigrana, from Latin filum "thread" (see file (v.)) + granum "grain" (see corn (n.1)). Related: Filigreed.
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