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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [fil-i-gree]
    • /ˈfɪl ɪˌgri/
    • /ˈfɪl.ɪ.ɡriː/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [fil-i-gree]
    • /ˈfɪl ɪˌgri/

Definitions of filigree word

  • noun filigree delicate ornamental work of fine silver, gold, or other metal wires, especially lacy jewelers' work of scrolls and arabesques. 1
  • noun filigree anything very delicate or fanciful: a filigree of frost. 1
  • adjective filigree composed of or resembling filigree. 1
  • verb with object filigree to adorn with or form into filigree. 1
  • noun filigree Ornamental work of fine (typically gold or silver) wire formed into delicate tracery. 1
  • noun filigree intricate metalwork 1

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Origin of filigree

First appearance:

before 1685
One of the 48% oldest English words
1685-95; earlier filigreen, variant of filigrain

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Parts of speech for Filigree


filigree popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 87% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

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Synonyms for filigree

noun filigree

  • lattice — a structure of crossed wooden or metal strips usually arranged to form a diagonal pattern of open spaces between the strips.
  • interlace — progressive coding
  • ornamentation — the act of ornamenting.
  • fretwork — ornamental work consisting of interlacing parts, especially work in which the design is formed by perforation.
  • lacework — lace (def 1).

adjective filigree

  • unsubstantial — not substantial; having no foundation in fact; fanciful; insubstantial: an unsubstantial argument; unsubstantial hopes.
  • lacelike — a netlike ornamental fabric made of threads by hand or machine.
  • lacy — of or resembling lace; lacelike: a lacy gown; a lacy leaf.
  • frilly — covered with or marked by frills: Some of the more elaborate dress shirts have frilly fronts.
  • meshy — formed with meshes; meshed.

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