What does filigree mean?

Definitions for filigreeˈfɪl əˌgri

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. filigree, filagree, fillagree(verb)

    delicate and intricate ornamentation (usually in gold or silver or other fine twisted wire)

  2. filigree(verb)

    make filigree, as with a precious metal


  1. filigree(Noun)

    A delicate and intricate ornamentation made from gold or silver (or sometimes other metal) twisted wire.

  2. filigree(Noun)

    A design resembling such intricate ornamentation.

  3. filigree(Verb)

    To decorate something with intricate ornamentation made from gold or silver twisted wire.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Filigree(noun)

    ornamental work, formerly with grains or breads, but now composed of fine wire and used chiefly in decorating gold and silver to which the wire is soldered, being arranged in designs frequently of a delicate and intricate arabesque pattern

  2. Filigree(adj)

    relating to, composed of, or resembling, work in filigree; as, a filigree basket. Hence: Fanciful; unsubstantial; merely decorative

  3. Origin: [Corrupted fr. filigrane.]


  1. Filigree

    Filigree is a delicate kind of jewellery metalwork, usually of gold and silver, made with tiny beads or twisted threads, or both in combination, soldered together or to the surface of an object of the same metal and arranged in artistic motifs. It often suggests lace and remains popular in Indian and other Asian metalwork. It was popular as well in Italian and French metalwork from 1660 to the late 19th century. It should not be confused with ajoure jewellery work, the ajoure technique consisting of drilling holes in objects made of sheet metal. The English word filigree is shortened from the earlier use of filigreen which derives from Latin "filum" meaning thread or wire and "granum" grain, in the sense of small bead. The Latin words gave filigrana in Italian which itself became filigrane in 17th-century French.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Filigree

    fil′i-grē, n. a kind of ornamental metallic lacework of gold and silver, twisted into convoluted forms, united and partly consolidated by soldering—earlier forms, Fil′igrain, Fil′igrane.—adj. Fil′igreed, ornamented with filigree. [Fr. filigrane—It. filigrana—L. filum, thread, granum, a grain.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Filigree

    a name given to a species of goldsmith's ornamental work fashioned out of fine metallic (usually gold or silver) wire into lace-like patterns; the art is of ancient date, and was skilfully practised by the Etruscans and Egyptians, as well as in Central Asia and India.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of filigree in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of filigree in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Louis-Ferdinand Céline:

    Life is filigree work. What is written clearly is not worth much, it's the transparency that counts.

  2. Elie Wiesel:

    I rarely speak about God. To God, yes. I protest against Him. I shout at Him. But to open a discourse about the qualities of God, about the problems that God imposes, theodicy, no. And yet He is there, in silence, in filigree.

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