- 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.
- to adorn with or form into filigree.
Origin of filigree
1685–95; earlier filigreen, variant of filigrain
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Examples from the Web for filigree
Some of our filigree glass, it is true, became too elaborate to be beautiful.The Story of Glass
Sara Ware Bassett
Those spindles are Persian, while the filigree is more Byzantine than anything else.
He remembered the motto curiously worked in filigree of gold.Sir Nigel
Arthur Conan Doyle
He handed her the filigree necklace she had admired so much.
While she was still admiring it, Peggy picked up the filigree necklace.
filagree or fillagree
- delicate ornamental work of twisted gold, silver, or other wire
- any fanciful delicate ornamentation
- made of or as if with filigree
- (tr) to decorate with or as if with filigree
C17: from earlier filigreen, from French filigrane, from Latin fīlum thread + grānum grain
Word Origin and History for filigree
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper