Word of the Week (WOW) is a weekly meme created by Heena Rathore P. It’s a fun way to improve vocabulary by learning new words every week.
To participate, simply do a post with your word and leave the link as a comment on Heena’s WOW post.
Here is my WOW for this week:
Part of Speech: Noun
Adjective: filigee or filigreed
Verb: filigrees, filigreeing, filigreed
Pronunciation: fil – i- gree (fili, gri)
1. Delicate ornamental work of twisted gold, silver or other wire, widely used since antiquity for jewellery
2. Any fanciful, delicate ornamentation (not only applicable to jewellery, as sentences below illustrate)
wirework, lace, lacework, lattice, tracery, fret, fretwork, grillwork, threadwork
Word Origin: C17 (1685-1695) from earlier filigreen -> from the French, filigraine -> from Latin filum (thread) + granum (grain)
Use in a sentence:
1. Mrs. Carmichael wore a beautiful filigree brooch. (Or, to use the adjective: Mrs Carmichael wore a beautiful brooch of filigreed gold.)
2. Sunlight filtered through the branches, casting filigree patterns on the earth beneath.
3. A shoal of tiny, colourful fish swam close to the reef , fins of intricate filagree.
4, The pine needles were draped with a delicate filigree of mist.
5. Filigrees of frost adorned the meadow.
I love this word and could spend some time writing several more sentences about filigrees of frosting on cakes, or various objects decorated with jewels and filigree. But I think I’ve said more than enough already . . .
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