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parcel gilding

  1. the gilding of only some areas or ornaments of a piece of furniture.
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Origin of parcel gilding

First recorded in 1865–70
Related formspar·cel-gild·er, nounpar·cel-gilt, adjective
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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.

    Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, Volume 22. October, 1878.


British Dictionary definitions for parcel-gilt


  1. partly gilded, esp (of an item of silverware) having the inner surface gilded
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Word Origin for parcel-gilt

C15: from parcel (in the obsolete adv sense: partly) + gilt 1
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