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Definition of "filigree" []

  • Delicate and intricate ornamental work made from gold, silver, or other fine twisted wire. (noun)
  • An intricate, delicate, or fanciful ornamentation. (noun)
  • A design resembling such ornamentation: filigrees of frosting on a cake. (noun)
  • To decorate with or as if with filigree. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "filigree" in a sentence
  • "Also decorated with filigree is the familiar introit, In medio ecclesie, in which the initial I is inhabited by ten scenes from the life of John the Evangelist. 136"
  • "There will be a lot of flash and filigree from the new Hook (Step 1 was to create a convenient urban legend to explain the otherwise cliche name)."
  • "The points of light lit up a tin filigree framed mirror, returning a full reflection of the altar."