filigree








noun

  1. delicate ornamental work of fine silver, gold, or other metal wires, especially lacy jewelers’ work of scrolls and arabesques.
  2. anything very delicate or fanciful: a filigree of frost.

adjective

  1. composed of or resembling filigree.

verb (used with object), fil·i·greed, fil·i·gree·ing.

  1. to adorn with or form into filigree.

noun

  1. delicate ornamental work of twisted gold, silver, or other wire
  2. any fanciful delicate ornamentation

adjective

  1. made of or as if with filigree

verb -grees, -greeing or -greed

  1. (tr) to decorate with or as if with filigree
n.

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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