Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • See filigree.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun variant spelling of filigree.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun delicate and intricate ornamentation (usually in gold or silver or other fine twisted wire)

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Examples

  • On the toilette beside, stood an old-fashioned mirror, in a fillagree frame, part of the dispersed finery of the neighbouring castle.

    The Bride of Lammermoor

  • Reason, — to-day, pasteboard and fillagree, and ending to-morrow in madness and murder.

    An Address

  • The fillagree, with its narrow, dark glossy-green leaves; the privet, with its modest white blossoms and purple berries; the lignum-vitae, with its strong resinous odour; the burnet-rose, and a great variety of elegant unknowns.

    Roughing It in the Bush

  • All attempts to contrive a system are as cold as the new worship introduced by the French to the goddess of Reason, -- to-day, pasteboard and fillagree, and ending to-morrow in madness and murder.

    Nature: Addresses and Lectures (1849)

  • I remarked many of our favourite garden shrubs among these wildings of nature: the fillagree, with its narrow, dark glossy-green leaves; the privet, with its modest white blossoms and purple berries; the lignum-vitae, with its strong resinous odour; the burnet-rose, and a great variety of elegant unknowns.

    Roughing It in the Bush

  • So now you see this triumph of simplicity over art, despoiled the fillagree box of all its horrors, for the innocent children admired her shells yet more -- unsophisticated, and insensible to the long story about the value of the rubies, the maid of honour, and even the queen's hairs.

    The Fairy Godmothers and Other Tales

  • One of the ladies told her that her little girl should bring to shew her a most beautiful gold fillagree work-box set with precious stones, which one of the maids of honour about court, who was her godmother, had given her a few days before.

    The Fairy Godmothers and Other Tales

  • The fillagree box was a fort of night-mare to her.

    The Fairy Godmothers and Other Tales

  • But not all the peppermint-drops in a chymist's shop could take away the taste of the fillagree-box from Julia.

    The Fairy Godmothers and Other Tales

  • Yes! even though the fillagree box had been shown off and admired.

    The Fairy Godmothers and Other Tales

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