Word of the Week (WOW) – Filigree

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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:

filigree

Word: Filigree

Part of Speech: Noun

Adjective: filigee or filigreed

Verb: filigrees, filigreeing, filigreed

 Pronunciation:  fil – i- gree (fili, gri)

 Meaning:

1. Delicate ornamental work of twisted gold, silver or other wire, widely used since antiquity for jewellery

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Jewellery. Image from Wikimedia Commons. Attribution: Shardan

2. Any fanciful, delicate ornamentation (not only applicable to jewellery, as sentences below illustrate)

Synonyms: 

wirework, lace, lacework, lattice, tracery, fret, fretwork, grillwork, threadwork

Antonyms:

None

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.

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

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