Part of speech: noun

Delicate ornamental work; anything fanciful but unserviceable.

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Usage examples "filigree":

  1. The lamplighter's click and dying footfall left the room in a ghostly radiance, and the pallid illumination streaming through the lace curtains threw their reflection on the walls and table in a filigree of shadows. - "Carnival", Compton Mackenzie.
  2. This hiding will be especially successful if some hiding place can be found near the color of the object; for instance, if the object be of metal, to hang it from the key of a door, put it in the filigree of a vase, etc. - "Games for the Playground, Home, School and Gymnasium", Jessie H. Bancroft.
  3. Her shining black hair was drawn back from her forehead in loose, waving masses and filleted with bands of silver filigree. - "Emerson's Wife and Other Western Stories Emerson's Wife -- Colonel Kate's Protégée -- The Kid of Apache Teju -- A Blaze on Pard Huff -- How Colonel Kate Won Her Spurs -- Hollyhocks -- The Rise, Fall, and Redemption of Johnson Sides -- A Piece of Wreckag", Florence Finch Kelly.