[ fil-i-gree ]
/ ˈfɪl ɪˌgri /


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

1685–95; earlier filigreen, variant of filigrain Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for filigree


filagree or fillagree

/ (ˈfɪlɪˌɡriː) /


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

(tr) to decorate with or as if with filigree

Derived forms of filigree

filigreed, adjective

Word Origin for filigree

C17: from earlier filigreen, from French filigrane, from Latin fīlum thread + grānum grain
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