- the incorporation of costly and unnecessary features or refinements into a product or structure.
- any expensive nonessential item, convenience, or feature: an apartment with a sauna and other gold-plating.
Origin of gold-plating
First recorded in 1960–65
- to coat (base metal) with gold, especially by electroplating.
- to incorporate costly features or refinements into (something) unnecessarily: The engineers were accused of gold-plating the construction project.
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- (tr) to coat (other metal) with gold, usually by electroplating
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