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1. Delicate and intricate ornamental work made from gold, silver, or other fine twisted wire.
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.]
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1. (Art Terms) delicate ornamental work of twisted gold, silver, or other wire
2. (Art Terms) any fanciful delicate ornamentation
(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]
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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]
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Past participle: filigreed
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|Noun||1.||filigree - delicate and intricate ornamentation (usually in gold or silver or other fine twisted wire)|
embellishment - a superfluous ornament
|Verb||1.||filigree - make filigree, as with a precious metal|
craft - make by hand and with much skill; "The artisan crafted a complicated tool"
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n → Filigran nt
adj → Filigran-; filigree jewellery → Filigranschmuck m
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