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.

Nearby words

  1. gold-filled,
  2. gold-mine,
  3. gold-of-pleasure,
  4. gold-plate,
  5. gold-plated,
  6. golda,
  7. goldarn,
  8. goldarned,
  9. goldbach conjecture,
  10. goldbach's conjecture

Origin of gold-plating

First recorded in 1960–65



verb (used with object), gold-plat·ed, gold-plat·ing.

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. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for gold-plating



(tr) to coat (other metal) with gold, usually by electroplating
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