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Meaning of FILIGREE

Pronunciation:  'filu`gree

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  delicate and intricate ornamentation (usually in gold or silver or other fine twisted wire)

FILIGREE is a 8 letter word that starts with F.


 Synonyms: filagree, fillagree
 See Also: embellishment



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Fil"i*gree\, n. [Corrupted fr. filigrane.]
    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
  2. \Fil"i*gree\, a.
    Relating to, composed of, or resembling, work in filigree;
    as, a filigree basket. Hence: Fanciful; unsubstantial; merely
          You ask for reality, not fiction and filigree work.
                                                   --J. C.
 Definition: fine open metalwork using wires and soldering, first developed in the Near East.
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