mil·​le·​fi·​o·​ri ˌmi-lə-fē-ˈȯr-ē How to pronounce millefiori (audio)
: ornamental glass produced by cutting cross sections of fused bundles of glass rods of various colors and sizes

Examples of millefiori in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The pop-up is filled with flowers, what the House of Dior is calling a millefiori garden. Allyson Portee, Forbes, 13 Sep. 2021 The millefiori design with small intricate floral configurations was a favorite of Baccarat, Clichy and St. Louis. Brenda Yenke, cleveland, 10 Sep. 2020 Fit for a caliph Glass inlays of clear and purple geometric shapes and multicolored millefiori tiles, along with elaborate mosaics, decorated the walls of the audience chamber at Dar al-Kilafa palace. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, 31 Aug. 2018 But the millefiori glass beads, silver bell pendants and shell ornaments were brought in, most likely from Poland, the Baltic states and parts of the Roman Empire, the study said. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 1 May 2018

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Word History


Italian, from mille fiori a thousand flowers

First Known Use

1849, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of millefiori was in 1849

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Cite this Entry

“Millefiori.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Dec. 2023.

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