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filigree

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noun fil·i·gree \ˈfi-lə-ˌgrē\

Simple Definition of filigree

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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of filigree

  1. 1 :  ornamental work especially of fine wire of gold, silver, or copper applied chiefly to gold and silver surfaces

  2. 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

  1. a surface decorated with filigree and pearls



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Origin and Etymology of filigree

modification of French filigrane, from Italian filigrana, from Latin filum + granum grain — more at corn


First Known Use: 1693

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filigree

verb fil·i·gree

Definition of filigree

filigreed

filigreeing

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to adorn with or as if with filigree



1831

First Known Use of filigree

1831

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FILIGREE Defined for Kids

filigree

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noun fil·i·gree \ˈfi-lə-ˌgrē\

Definition of filigree for Students

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




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