Filigree is defined as delicate, ornamental work made of intertwined gold and silver wire, or a design that resembles this.(noun)
An example of a filigree is an intricately-crafted Christmas tree ornament.
The definition of filigree is something made in a lace-like design.(adjective)
An example of filigree used as an adjective is in the phrase a filigree decoration on a building.
Filigree means to decorate with delicate work made of intertwined metal.(verb)
An example of filigree is to decorate a gate with a lace-like design.
See filigree in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: altered from earlier filigrain < Fr filigrane < It filigrana < L filum, a thread (see file) + granum, grain
See filigree in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: Alteration of French filigrane
Origin: , from Italian filigrana
Origin: : Latin fīlum, thread; see gwhī- in Indo-European roots
Origin: + Latin grānum, grain; see gṛə-no- in Indo-European roots.
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