filigree

[fil-i-gree]
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
3.
composed of or resembling filigree.
verb (used with object), filigreed, filigreeing.
4.
to adorn with or form into filigree.


Origin:
1685–95; earlier filigreen, variant of filigrain

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filigree, filagree or fillagree (ˈfɪlɪˌɡriː)
 
n
1.  delicate ornamental work of twisted gold, silver, or other wire
2.  any fanciful delicate ornamentation
 
adj
3.  made of or as if with filigree
 
vb , -grees, -greeing, -greed
4.  (tr) to decorate with or as if with filigree
 
[C17: from earlier filigreen, from French filigrane, from Latin fīlum thread + grānumgrain]
 
filagree, filagree or fillagree
 
n
 
adj
 
vb
 
[C17: from earlier filigreen, from French filigrane, from Latin fīlum thread + grānumgrain]
 
fillagree, filagree or fillagree
 
n
 
adj
 
vb
 
[C17: from earlier filigreen, from French filigrane, from Latin fīlum thread + grānumgrain]
 
filigreed, filagree or fillagree
 
adj

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filigree
1690s, shortening of filigreen (1660s), from Fr. filigrane "filigree," from It. filigrana, from L. filum "thread" + granum "grain." Related: Filigreed.
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Example sentences
He has a skeptically friendly, mildly ironic conversational manner and a droll, filigreed prose style.
Her body suit is woven of fine silver threads and her crown, boots, and headrest are of gilt silver filigreed with phoenixes.
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