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fil·i·gree

 (fĭl′ĭ-grē′)
n.
1. Delicate and intricate ornamental work made from gold, silver, or other fine twisted wire.
2.
a. An intricate, delicate, or fanciful ornamentation.
b. A design resembling such ornamentation: filigrees of frosting on a cake.
tr.v. fil·i·greed, fil·i·gree·ing, fil·i·grees
To decorate with or as if with filigree.

[Alteration of French filigrane, from Italian filigrana : Latin fīlum, thread; see gwhī- in Indo-European roots + Latin grānum, grain; see gr̥ə-no- in Indo-European roots.]

filigree

(ˈfɪlɪˌɡriː) ,

filagree

,

fillagree

or

filigrain

n
1. (Art Terms) delicate ornamental work of twisted gold, silver, or other wire
2. (Art Terms) any fanciful delicate ornamentation
adj
(Art Terms) made of or as if with filigree
vb, -grees, -greeing or -greed
(Art Terms) (tr) to decorate with or as if with filigree
[C17: from earlier filigreen, from French filigrane, from Latin fīlum thread + grānum grain]
ˈfiliˌgreed adj

fil•i•gree

(ˈfɪl əˌgri)

n., adj., v. -greed, -gree•ing. n.
1. delicate ornamental work of fine silver, gold, or other metal wires, esp. lacy jewelers' work of scrolls and arabesques.
2. anything very delicate or fanciful: a filigree of frost.
adj.
3. composed of or resembling filigree.
v.t.
4. to adorn with or form into filigree.
[1685–95; < French filigrane < Italian filigrana < Latin fīli-, comb. form of fīlum thread + grāna, pl. of grānum grain]

filigree


Past participle: filigreed
Gerund: filigreeing

Imperative
filigree
filigree
Present
I filigree
you filigree
he/she/it filigrees
we filigree
you filigree
they filigree
Preterite
I filigreed
you filigreed
he/she/it filigreed
we filigreed
you filigreed
they filigreed
Present Continuous
I am filigreeing
you are filigreeing
he/she/it is filigreeing
we are filigreeing
you are filigreeing
they are filigreeing
Present Perfect
I have filigreed
you have filigreed
he/she/it has filigreed
we have filigreed
you have filigreed
they have filigreed
Past Continuous
I was filigreeing
you were filigreeing
he/she/it was filigreeing
we were filigreeing
you were filigreeing
they were filigreeing
Past Perfect
I had filigreed
you had filigreed
he/she/it had filigreed
we had filigreed
you had filigreed
they had filigreed
Future
I will filigree
you will filigree
he/she/it will filigree
we will filigree
you will filigree
they will filigree
Future Perfect
I will have filigreed
you will have filigreed
he/she/it will have filigreed
we will have filigreed
you will have filigreed
they will have filigreed
Future Continuous
I will be filigreeing
you will be filigreeing
he/she/it will be filigreeing
we will be filigreeing
you will be filigreeing
they will be filigreeing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been filigreeing
you have been filigreeing
he/she/it has been filigreeing
we have been filigreeing
you have been filigreeing
they have been filigreeing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been filigreeing
you will have been filigreeing
he/she/it will have been filigreeing
we will have been filigreeing
you will have been filigreeing
they will have been filigreeing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been filigreeing
you had been filigreeing
he/she/it had been filigreeing
we had been filigreeing
you had been filigreeing
they had been filigreeing
Conditional
I would filigree
you would filigree
he/she/it would filigree
we would filigree
you would filigree
they would filigree
Past Conditional
I would have filigreed
you would have filigreed
he/she/it would have filigreed
we would have filigreed
you would have filigreed
they would have filigreed
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.filigree - delicate and intricate ornamentation (usually in gold or silver or other fine twisted wire)filigree - delicate and intricate ornamentation (usually in gold or silver or other fine twisted wire)
embellishment - a superfluous ornament
Verb1.filigree - make filigree, as with a precious metal
craft - make by hand and with much skill; "The artisan crafted a complicated tool"

filigree

noun wirework, lace, lattice, tracery, lacework the filigree inlay of the lock
Translations

filigree

[ˈfɪlɪgriː]
A. N (in metal) → filigrana f
B. ADJde filigrana

filigree

[ˈfɪlɪgriː]
nfiligrane m
modif [work, metal, design] → en filigrane

filigree

nFiligran nt
adjFiligran-; filigree jewelleryFiligranschmuck m

filigree

[ˈfɪlɪˌgriː]
1. nfiligrana
2. adja filigrana
References in classic literature ?
A set of silver filagree was added, bracelets, necklace, brooch, and even earrings, for Hortense tied them on with a bit of pink silk which did not show.
And they have a swarm of rusty, dusty, battered apostles standing around the filagree work, some on one leg and some with one eye out but a gamey look in the other, and some with two or three fingers gone, and some with not enough nose left to blow--all of them crippled and discouraged, and fitter subjects for the hospital than the cathedral.