from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Work in filigree; filigree.
  • noun Any kind of ornamentation resembling or analogous to filigree, or which is thought too minute or too fantastic for its place or purpose.


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • He drew from his bosom a small crystal vial, cased in silver filigree-work, and dropped into a little golden drinking-cup a small portion of a dark-coloured fluid.

    The Talisman

  • Fires were burning in cylinders of filigree-work fitted upon poles, which men were carrying to and fro.


  • Its peculiar background, the railing of the tomb, a splendid filigree-work of green and polished brass, gilt or made to resemble gold, looks more picturesque near than at a distance, when it suggests the idea of a gigantic bird-cage.

    Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah

  • Anise-sprinkled loaves alternated with great cheeses heavier than discuses, crateras filled with wine, and cantharuses filled with water, together with baskets of gold filigree-work containing flowers.


  • As delicate as black lace, the filigree-work done by the women smiths would have attracted the envy of any elven crafter.


  • The tavern-keeper was a human, and under his livery tunic he wore a much simplified version of the filigree-work torque, a cross between the women's jewels and the warriors 'torques.


  • It was longer than one of our weapons and the pommel was obviously of pure gold filigree-work, of a delicacy that I had never seen before.

    River God

  • It was no kitchen knife, but a well-made dagger, and its hilt was a slender shaft of silver, rounded to the hand, showing delicate lines of filigree-work, and glowing round the collar of the blade with small stones.

    One Corpse Too Many

  • Austro-Hungary has a long colonnade of white stone ornamented with black filigree-work and supported by columns in pairs.

    Lippincott's Magazine, Vol. 22, August, 1878

  • "Mind," said the treasurer, as he pressed a bag of gold-dust into the expressman's hand, "the best that can be got, -- lace, you know, and filigree-work and frills, never mind the cost!"

    Short Stories and Selections for Use in the Secondary Schools


Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.