noun fil·i·gree \ˈfi-lə-ˌgrē\

: decoration that consists of delicate and complicated designs made of fine gold or silver wire

Full Definition of FILIGREE

:  ornamental work especially of fine wire of gold, silver, or copper applied chiefly to gold and silver surfaces
a :  ornamental openwork of delicate or intricate design
b :  a pattern or design resembling such openwork <a filigree of frost>
c :  ornamentation, embellishment <writings … heavy with late Victorian filigree — Jack Beatty>

Examples of FILIGREE

  1. a surface decorated with filigree and pearls

Illustration of FILIGREE

Origin of FILIGREE

modification of French filigrane, from Italian filigrana, from Latin filum + granum grain — more at corn
First Known Use: 1693

Other Handicraft Terms

biscuit, darn, tambour, wrought

Rhymes with FILIGREE

abatis, ABC, ABD, abductee, absentee, acquiree, addressee, adoptee, advisee, alienee, allottee, amputee, apogee, appellee, appointee, appraisee, après-ski, arrestee, assignee, attendee, auditee, awardee, axletree, BVD, Baha'i, bain-marie, barley-bree, batterie, billi-bi, boiserie, bonhomie, booboisie, bourgeoisie, brasserie, brusquerie, bumblebee, camphor tree, camporee, cap-a-pie, causerie, Chamonix, Cherokee, chickadee, chickaree, chimpanzee, China Sea, Christmas tree, chroma-key, coati, Coligny, conferee, consignee, cop a plea, Coral Sea, counselee, context-free, counterplea, cruelty-free, Danaë, DDT, debauchee, Debussy, departee, deportee, dernier cri, designee, detainee, devisee, devotee, diploe, disagree, dischargee, divorcé, divorcée, DME, dungaree, duty-free, eau-de-vie, employee, endorsee, enlistee, enrollee, enshrinee, epopee, escadrille, escapee, ESP, evictee, expellee, family tree, fancy-free, fantasy, fedayee, fever tree, fleur-de-lis, franchisee, fricassee, function key, galilee, Galilee, garnishee, gaucherie, Gemini, Greenland Sea, guarani, guarantee, Hawaii, HIV, Holy See, honeybee, honoree, housemaid's knee, humble-bee, inductee, Inland Sea, internee, invitee, Irish Sea, IUD, jacquerie, jamboree, Java Sea, Joshua tree, jubilee, Judas tree, jumper's knee, jus soli, Kayseri, kedgeree, kidnappee, killer bee, LCD, LED, legatee, libelee, licensee, LSD, maître d', Malay Sea, manatee, master key, Mormon tea, mortgagee, murderee, NBC, nominee, obligee, oversea, oversee, Park Chung Hee, parolee, parti pris, pass degree, patentee, pedigree, peppertree, perigee, permittee, pharisee, picotee, piroshki, point d'appui, potpourri, praecipe, presentee, promisee, public-key, rapparee, referee, refugee, rejectee, renminbi, repartee, retiree, returnee, RPV, rubber tree, saddletree, Sadducee, sangaree, Savaii, selectee, Semele, shivaree, slotting fee, snickersnee, spelling bee, spindle tree, SST, STD, Tappan Zee, Tenebrae, Tennessee, third degree, thirty-three, TNT, to a tee, toile de Jouy, torii, transferee, tulip tree, undersea, user fee, vaccinee, value-free, varnish tree, verdigris, VIP, vis-à-vis, wannabe, warrantee, Wounded Knee



Definition of FILIGREE

transitive verb
:  to adorn with or as if with filigree

First Known Use of FILIGREE


Other Fine Arts Terms

Gothic, baroque, bas-relief, limn, oeuvre, pastiche, rococo, sfumato
FILIGREED Defined for Kids


noun fil·i·gree \ˈfi-lə-ˌgrē\

Definition of FILIGREE for Kids

:  decoration made of fine wire <a jewelry box with gold filigree>


Next Word in the Dictionary: filing (noun)Previous Word in the Dictionary: filigrainAll Words Near: filigree
How to use a word that (literally) drives some people nuts.
Test your vocab with our fun, fast game
Ailurophobia, and 9 other unusual fears