filigree


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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 ?
I am glad," said Lady Middleton to Lucy, "you are not going to finish poor little Annamaria's basket this evening; for I am sure it must hurt your eyes to work filigree by candlelight.
This hint was enough, Lucy recollected herself instantly and replied, "Indeed you are very much mistaken, Lady Middleton; I am only waiting to know whether you can make your party without me, or I should have been at my filigree already.
In this square were some pretty trees and a statue in bronze of Glinda the Good, while beyond it were the portals of the Royal Palace--an extensive and imposing building of white marble covered with a filigree of frosted gold.
It is probable that we shall not hear of her again from this moment to the end of time, and that when the great filigree iron gates are once closed on her, she and her awful sister will never issue therefrom into this little world of history.
A pair of Turkish slippers adorned her feet, and necklaces of amber, coral, and filigree hung about her neck, while one hand held a smelling-bottle, and the other the spicy box of oriental sweetmeats.
Were not the Hindoos wonderful people for filigree work, and carpets, and such things?
The trees grew so thickly and their foliage spread so widely that I could see nothing of the moon-light save that here and there the high branches made a tangled filigree against the starry sky.
She examined and appraised with much interest the diamond-tipped arrow which had been pinned on May's bosom at the conclusion of the match, remarking that in her day a filigree brooch would have been thought enough, but that there was no denying that Beaufort did things handsomely.
There should be a little filigree about a woman--something of the coquette.
Another and later writer says of it--"It is the most exquisite specimen of filigree work ever invented.
and perhaps Birmingham); model gondolas from Venice; model villages from Switzerland; morsels of tesselated pavement from Herculaneum and Pompeii, like petrified minced veal; ashes out of tombs, and lava out of Vesuvius; Spanish fans, Spezzian straw hats, Moorish slippers, Tuscan hairpins, Carrara sculpture, Trastaverini scarves, Genoese velvets and filigree, Neapolitan coral, Roman cameos, Geneva jewellery, Arab lanterns, rosaries blest all round by the Pope himself, and an infinite variety of lumber.
On the string were two crosses, one of Cyprus wood and one of copper, and an image in silver filigree, and with them a small greasy chamois leather purse with a steel rim and ring.