- the gilding of only some areas or ornaments of a piece of furniture.
Origin of parcel gilding
First recorded in 1865–70
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Historical Examples of parcel-gilt
From Hyderabad in the Deccan is a parcel-gilt vase, an example of pierced-work, the opus interassile of the Romans.
- partly gilded, esp (of an item of silverware) having the inner surface gilded
Word Origin for parcel-gilt
C15: from parcel (in the obsolete adv sense: partly) + gilt 1
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