gold leaf

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

Origin of gold leaf

First recorded in 1720–30

Other words from gold leaf

  • gold-leaf, adjective

Words Nearby gold leaf Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use gold leaf in a sentence

  • For the current Turner exhibit, Wright has worked seductively in gold leaf.

    The Hottest Show on Earth | Olivia Cole | December 10, 2009 | THE DAILY BEAST
  • The experiments made in beating gold-leaf show that ten thousand leaves are contained in the thickness of a millimetre.

    Urania | Camille Flammarion
  • Much of it is covered with thin plates of real gold, and the rest, yards and yards of it, is plastered with gold-leaf.

  • And when they were all sewed on the jacket, he cut out a sword from the gold leaf and made hands and feet from the corn husk.

  • Doors and windows were shut against draughts, for he was working with gold-leaf on the tooling of an ancient binding.

    There and Back | George MacDonald
  • Gold-leaf and silken hangings would not keep out the rain, and it was folly to spend time in making repairs.

    The Doomsman | Van Tassel Sutphen

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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