gold leaf


Definition of gold leaf

: an extremely thin sheet of gold that is used especially for gilding

Examples of gold leaf in a Sentence

a frame covered with gold leaf
Recent Examples on the Web The study may include drone photography, sampling of the gold leaf and consultation with the State Historic Preservation Office. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 5 Nov. 2021 The Ark is described in the Book of Exodus as a rectangular wooden chest made of acacia wood, covered in gold leaf and topped with statues of two cherubim on its gold lid. Andrew Lawler, Smithsonian Magazine, 25 Oct. 2021 Designed by Claud Beelman in 1930, its picture-perfect façade is clad in striking teal terra cotta and gold leaf tiles — and topped with a clock tower. Dobrina Zhekova, Travel + Leisure, 9 Oct. 2021 The walls, ceiling, arches and floors are completely painted with scenes, geometric designs, gold leaf patterns, faux marble, real marble, carved wood and tiles. Judy Rose, Detroit Free Press, 18 Sep. 2021 Maybe there’s some shiro ebi (baby white shrimp) and gold leaf along with the requisite toro, uni and caviar. Andy Wang, Robb Report, 11 Aug. 2021 Benglis has embraced all of that in different ways in her work, including pieces that are gilded with gold leaf, or use glitter, or are so brightly colored they seem intentionally designed to provoke an unruly dissonance in the eyes. Washington Post, 26 Aug. 2021 Though the theater’s interior boasts the gold leaf and elaborate carvings of a 1893 performing palace, the real star has always been the acoustics, which incorporated then-cutting edge discoveries about how sound travels. Mary Carole Mccauley,, 4 Aug. 2021 Using traditional materials like gold leaf and organic pigments, the pupils illustrate their own tales. New York Times, 29 July 2021

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First Known Use of gold leaf

circa 1741, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of gold leaf was circa 1741

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“Gold leaf.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of gold leaf

: a very thin sheet of gold used especially to decorate a surface

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