Simple Definition of filigree
: decoration that consists of delicate and complicated designs made of fine gold or silver wire
Full Definition of filigree
1 : ornamental work especially of fine wire of gold, silver, or copper applied chiefly to gold and silver surfaces
2 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 in a sentence
a surface decorated with filigree and pearls
Did You Know?
Ornamental work formerly made with grains or beads is called filigree. It comes from an Italian word made from the Latin words for thread and grain. Today filigree is usually of fine wire of gold, silver, or copper, and is used chiefly to decorate gold and silver surfaces. Filigree can also apply to any ornamental openwork of delicate or intricate design or to a pattern or design resembling such openwork.
Origin and Etymology of filigree
modification of French filigrane, from Italian filigrana, from Latin filum + granum grain — more at corn
First Known Use: 1693
Definition of filigree
: to adorn with or as if with filigree
First Known Use of filigree
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Definition of filigree for Students
: decoration made of fine wire <a jewelry box with gold filigree>
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