Definition of millefiori in US English:



  • A kind of ornamental glass in which a number of glass rods of different sizes and colors are fused together and cut into sections which form various patterns, typically embedded in colorless transparent glass to make items such as paperweights.

    • ‘The Richardson pattern books illustrated a scent/ink bottle, a salt, and two weights in millefiori.’
    • ‘The Italian millefiori technique for glass beads became the basis for the polymer ‘canes’ or picture beads.’
    • ‘When you first learn millefiori in polymer clay, everything becomes a pattern you can cane.’
    • ‘Around the same time, Murano glassmaker Pietro Bigaglia captured international attention with his millefiori paperweights, exhibited in Vienna in 1845.’
    • ‘The enamel, millefiori and glass decoration, insular in style and technique, are most closely paralleled in Ireland.’
    • ‘Those sharp unimpeded edges are absolutely necessary for millefiori and more.’
    • ‘A sanding process introduced between each application of thin pigment produces colorful sweeps of minuscule dots that evoke barnacles and algae as well as the millefiori patterns found on Venetian glass paperweights.’


Mid 19th century: from Italian millefiore, literally ‘a thousand flowers’.