Word of the Week (WOW) – Filigree


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:


Word: Filigree

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


Jewellery. Image from Wikimedia Commons. Attribution: Shardan

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.


Image from Wikimedia: Filigrees of burnished herringbone patterned, spinel-twisted silver crystals covering a greenstone matrix plate. From Bonanza Mine, Port Radin, Great Bear Lake, Mackenzie District, Northwest Territory, Canada


Image from Wikimedia Commons: The artist pinches and curves copper filagrees into delicate flower patterns, pasting them onto the copper metal.


Chinese lantern: dried fruit decorated with filigree pattern

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 . . .

If you’d like to check out more interesting words then visit Heena’s page:

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About milliethom

I am a reader and writer of historical fiction with a keen interest in the Earth's history and all it involves, both physically and socially. I like nothing better than to be outdoors, especially in faraway places, and baking is something I do when my eyes need respite from my computer screen.
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12 Responses to Word of the Week (WOW) – Filigree

  1. smilecalm says:

    as i head out for a cycle
    this presentation
    filagrees my smile 🙂

  2. scrapydotwo says:

    Interesting information on WOW. Somewhere I have taken a photo of a leave in fine filigree. I’ll have a look and see if I can find it and put it in a post!

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  4. What a beautiful and somehow a delicate word… 🙂 I really like it.
    I love this prompt, thanks for participating Millie… I’m learning so many brilliant words from you 😀
    And the Chinese lanterns are adorable, great examples.

    • milliethom says:

      I agree, Heena, it is a delicate word and it has so many different applications. I love it, too. I also thought the Chinese lantern picture was lovely. Thank you for liking my post. 🙂

  5. A beautiful word for me who loves filigree! In fact, how can we not love beautiful filigree? 😛 Well done Millie! 😉

    • milliethom says:

      I agree, Khloe, filigee is beautiful and so delicate I have a gold filigreed bracelet, bought in Malta, and it’s very pretty. Needless to say, I rarely wear it. My husband bought it for me – but I’m really not the jewellery type! Ha! I occasionally use the word to describe other things besides jewellery in my writing. 🙂

      • Aww how sweet your husband is! I’m sure it looks stunning 😉 Don’t worry! You can still keep it to remind yourself of the lovely time you had with your husband in Malta 😉

  6. I of July says:

    never before come across that one 🙂

    • milliethom says:

      Well, Heath, I’m glad I’ve found at least one word in the dictionary that you didn’t know! Your vocabulary is so vast! Perhaps you could make use of this one in one of your lovely poems. 🙂

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