- gold in the form of very thin foil, as for gilding.
Origin of gold leaf
First recorded in 1720–30
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Examples from the Web for gold leaf
Laying-on of Gold-leaf and Blockers (piece work) yields 18s.
It presses the gold-leaf into tiny pits, but does not pierce it.Writing & Illuminating, & Lettering
So I got a wooden horse for him, and had it covered with gold-leaf.'The Relentless City
Edward Frederic Benson
In gilding, any sticky matter by which gold-leaf is made to adhere.Cooley's Practical Receipts, Volume II
Yes, said a friend, it takes about fifty books (of gold-leaf) to gild that decently.A Fleet in Being
- very thin gold sheet with a thickness usually between 0.076 and 0.127 micrometre, produced by rolling or hammering gold and used for gilding woodwork, etc
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