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gold leaf

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  1. gold in the form of very thin foil, as for gilding.
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Origin of gold leaf

First recorded in 1720–30
Related formsgold-leaf, adjective
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Examples from the Web for gold leaf

Historical Examples

  • Laying-on of Gold-leaf and Blockers (piece work) yields 18s.

    Women in the Printing Trades.


  • It presses the gold-leaf into tiny pits, but does not pierce it.

  • 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.

  • Yes, said a friend, it takes about fifty books (of gold-leaf) to gild that decently.

    A Fleet in Being

    Rudyard Kipling

British Dictionary definitions for gold leaf

gold leaf

  1. 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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